What is Focus?

April 9, 2024

Have you ever tried to cut something with a dull knife? If you have, then you know how difficult it is and how tough it is to keep going. Sharpen the knife and everything is easy. Focus is the sharpening of your attention to what you are doing-now. Not in the future, not in the past but all your attention is only about what you are doing now.

Last week I had two things I had to do. I needed to do them because they are important to my well-being. They needed a phone call. But I put it off because…I thought it would be hard…I could do it later…I didn’t feel like it…I thought it would take a long painful set of conversations.

Until this morning when I metaphorically sharpened the knife. I decided that right this minute I would do the two essential calls. I practiced what I would say and did it. The most important call was the first, and it took 2 minutes. The result I got was to my benefit and made my day. The second call took 3 minutes and set up the rest of my week. Total time; 5 minutes; results; excellent.

Use the image of sharpening the knife to face the tasks and challenges that exist in your life. See the knife (your attention) being sharpened and as it gets sharper your attention to the task at hand gets tighter and tighter. This is what focus is; the obliteration of anything except your task in your mind. Practice this metaphorical sharpening every time you must do something. Watch your life change.

To a life of focus.

Cliff


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