Sunday, December 6, 2015

FOCUS – Perspective of Daniel Goleman and William James

The Objective of Focus

Goleman (2013, p.14) cites the late William James definition of focus as, “the sudden taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one of what seems several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought.”

This is critical to realizing that staccato ways of thinking holds severe implications for those working towards a strategic objective.

Success is not a straight line, there are many challenges one can face in during the marathon of completing a strategic campaign; whether it may be saving for retirement, losing more than 30 pounds weight, working ones way to leading an organization. Along the way will be distractions, unpredictability, changing goals based on changing circumstances, financial setbacks, changing relationships, stressors, etc.

The important thing to remember in all this is that one still must have a focus of effort for the majority of ones attention in terms of mental/emotional buy-in, daily tasks and a variety of resources.

Periodic interim goals, where one can rest and assess their position, while approaching the mountain peak of success, will help maintain the mental and emotional energy needed to succeed.

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Goleman, D. (2013). Focus: The hidden driver of excellence.