Focus The Hidden Driver of Excellence
Our ability to focus - to block-out distractions and really bear down on the task at hand
- plays a vital role in living a fulfilling life. And like a muscle, the more we use it, the
stronger it gets.
The 3 categories of focus required for career and personal success are: inner focus, other focus, and outer focus.
The Power of INNER Focus
Becoming more focused usually starts with becoming more self-aware, trusting our inner voice and fostering our willpower.
In a 1960s study, kids from deprived homes were given special attention from teachers in a preschool program designed to help them cultivate self-control. Years later, compared with similar kids who hadn't participated in the program, they had lower rates of teen pregnancy, stayed in school longer, and they even missed fewer days from work.
Statistical analysis has proven that a child's level of self-control is just as powerful a predictor of adult financial success and health as social class, family wealth or IQ.
Focusing on OTHERs
It's possible to become more empathetic just by practicing empathetic-type behaviors.
Studies show that doctors who look patients in the eye get higher patient ratings.
But just as important, doctors who make eye contact also started to feel more engaged so even going through the motions can lead to real empathy.
OUTER Focus - Big Picture Thinking
Focusing on the big forces that threaten to rip our economy, society and environment apart can be very depressing.
The key is to deliberately overlay an action-oriented, positive lens on our big picture thinking. This clever reframing increases our feeling of empowerment.