The book ‘Inner Game of Tennis’ by Timothy Galwey, offers the idea that there are two selves in our body. One which is useful for ‘thinking’, and the other for ‘doing’. His experiments revealed that by resting his thinking mind whilst he was taking action, he got more of what he wanted.

A fixed focus lens on a mobile phone will capture anything we point it at, but with no variation in the depth of field. Variable focus lenses require more attention and effort, but can deliver spectacular results when applied with skill. So it is in business, where we need to distinguish that which truly delivers value both to the customer and to our selves. We need to be aware of all the possibilities, but we also need to choose our focus consciously, eliminate activity that’s superfluous to this, and align our energy and resources to the task at hand. We then have to commit to a strategy that we believe will take us to our goals, whilst receiving accurate feedback on our progress so we can adjust our strategy accordingly. Likewise we need to doggedly stick to this process, so that we can find a way over, round or through obstacles such as financial weakness.

All of this is easy to say and another thing to apply, because we have so many distractions. The current moment deserves our whole attention, and we therefore also need to develop skill in keeping our mind still in the present. When we’re focussed on something we love, this is easy to do.

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