There are several related concepts here; attention, focus, concentration, determination, perseverance to name a few. They’re all so closely related and intertwined, sometimes their definitions overlap. I look at them like a family; when you marry one, you marry the family – they’re a combo-pack. Our reading this week makes the point that it’s through attention “that you will finally be able to overcome obstacles of any kind…” Haanel
He’s definitely on to something here. Attention…sounds like a simple idea but why does it seem so hard? Aren’t we implicitly taught that we should be good at multitasking, at working on several things at one time, at keeping all the balls in the air? Isn’t that what our 24 hour noise machine advises? Hmmmm….attention.
Is it just me who gets distracted and loses focus sometimes? It feels like it sometimes but when I look around that’s highly doubtful. I think of my social media feeds which are chock full of the latest and greatest new discovery which comes with a ground floor opportunity. Some of the same folks who are always hawking a pre-launch start-up based on an amazing new technology which only induces whiplash upon my psyche’. Sometimes I wonder what they could really accomplish if the paid attention to a single business for any length of time. We may never know.
My brain says paying more attention is sound advice. Now, how to implement said advice may take some contemplation. I can think of several areas where I can be better at this. Right off the top of my head, I can reduce distractions, focus on a single task at a time, plan my work better, say “no” more often to some projects. It seems like the possibilities are plentiful. I’m sure with the added contemplation I can come up with more this is a great starting point.
It just occurred to my I’ve paid attention to this post about paying attention long enough to put my thoughts down in this post. Progress, no? I’ll take it for now and add in some focus, concentration, determination and perseverance. Welcome to the journey. See you at the finish line! NGU!