The Power of Focus

(This post comes from Dan Henderson at Great advice: focus on the task before you and don’t let the past or the future paralyze you:)

My son Michael is a professional tour golfer. He worked a lot with America’s leading sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella. One day I asked Doc if Michael should think about winning. Here’s what he said …

“It’s okay to think about winning when you’re laying in bed at night, but when you get out on the golf course, I want your mind totally into the shot at hand — because whether you’re thinking about winning or thinking about losing — either way, it’s a distraction — and not the way you want to think.”

Powerful. You might want to re-read that.

Doc went on to say…

“I want you to get your mind totally into the target and believe the ball is going there.”

Think about this! It’s a powerful way to connect goals with expectations.

It’s what he calls playing one shot at a time. No expectations. No judgement. Play the shot you have in front of you right now. That’s the only one you can control. No matter what happens, accept it and move on to the next one. When the round is over, add it up and see what you score. Phenomenal advice!

The worlds best players hit bad shots and get bad breaks. The worlds most talented Shaklee distributors hear the word NO. A lot. The trick is to forget the immediate past and don’t get ahead of yourself. It’s not always easy to do, but we should never stop striving for the “one-distributor-at-a-time-mindset.”

You can go back later and try to learn from any mistakes you may have made, but if you get overly emotional about even the smallest failure, it will affect your performance big time.

Like an athlete who’s competing at a high level, what we do is performance based. We have goals and we’re trying to reach those goals. We win some and we lose some. Some days the crowd cheers and some day they boo. So we need to learn to think like anyone whose life depends on how they perform.