We've been going about it all wrong. "I just need to try to focus harder" just doesn't cut it. This isn't 5th grade soccer. It's a complex facet of human motivation.
What are you focused on today? Chances are, you're focused on about a billion things before noon, just like I am, and just like everybody else.
Ever had a close call? I mean like a near death experience? Many have, and it can be an enlightening (maybe not at the moment) experience. Think of a gazelle that's being chased by a lion. That little fella is probably thinking about one thing, and has absolutely no problem focusing on that one thing for the desired result: stay away from Mr Lion's sharp instruments and live another day. That close call required the gazelle to give 100 percent focus instantaneously until absolute success was had. I'm sure if the chase lasted one hour vs 30 seconds, the focus would have remained the same: stay alive.
What does this teach us about focus?
The ability to focus relies on an organisms base motivators. If I am hungry, I will focus on getting food. If I am threatened with receiving an F in class and thus risking social ridicule, then I will study hard enough to get a grade congruent with my social group. (For me it was a C).
- The sharper the requirement to focus, the higher the ability to focus.
- Distractions are absolute killers both in the animal kingdom and in our cushy culture.
- Whoever understands the mechanism of focus the most is not guaranteed success.
- Whoever implements the mechanisms of focus has the highest likelihood of success.
Now the only difference between the gazelle and us is there is no lion. Instead there is an unrewarding life devoid of any significant achievement. Just as deadly, but unlike the lion it is warm, inviting, and comfortable.
"The easiest thing in the world is to pull the sheets back up and go to sleep." Dan Gable