Oh, the power of your brain on focus. If the right focus were a pill….
If you focus on the distance between where you are now and where you want to get to, the likelihood of despair skyrockets. Compare and despair, they say. But it really depends on what you are comparing to — really, what your focus is.
If you focus on the external value of arriving at the destination, while simultaneously connecting it to your internal values and deeper drive, a combustible magic might happen.
If you focus on the thrill or the joy of this step now, if you forget everything else and are present with this moment of action, you at once achieve the goal and launch yourself closer to it. It’s sort of a paradox, in a sense, but, ah, such is the pursuit of goals.
If you focus on what triumphs you’ve achieved already, you might feel the helpful boost of a tailwind.
If you focus on the kindness and connection you’ve achieved, you may leave the despairing behind.
So many things to focus on. So. Many.
We can choose. And develop habits of focus or even a big philosophy of focus (which would need actual practice underpinning it.)
What would be the queen’s or king’s philosophy of focus?