What I know now about happiness that I didn’t know when I was 18 years old is to narrow my focus. Back then I did Karate, played soccer, tennis and cricket and I enjoyed them. These days, I get a lot of joy from getting better at what I do (mostly research and writing), even when the rate of progress is slow.
When I was young, I only enjoyed the sense of progress when it was fast, when I was getting much better every day. I think that this is why I used to switch from activity to activity rather quickly (in order to get the sense of large improvements), whereas now I focus on fewer things to a higher degree.
You get what you focus on. Focus on nothing, and you won’t get much.
The successful organisation can be focused on any of these constituencies, the sales force, potential new customers, existing customers, employees or the regulators etc.
Every business chooses its own audience, and that choice is based on the architecture of the industry, the mindset of the boss and the history of how you got here. But don’t doubt that it changes everything you do.
No matter what you choose, it is important to make a choice and focus on that choice.
Prioritising is important. Do not make plans with a hundred most important things. Many times we can over-complicate life, when there are only a few things that we need to focus on.
Life is sort of like hand luggage when boarding a plane. There is a limit to just how much we can carry on board the plane, to get to our desired destinations.
The more baggage we hold the quicker we get wearied physically. The mind is no different, yet we treat it like it can take carry everything we want.
Sometimes, we do not get physically worn out because we are moving around too much, but because there is too much going on in our minds. Medical experts say that up to 90% of physical illnesses are linked to mental and emotional issues.
We cannot perform to the best of our abilities until we sniff out, isolate and narrow down the things that will add to our lives the most. That includes, the activities, or choices we make, the friends we choose, those we allow to influence and be around us. how we spend our time, and the businesses we invest into.
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. — Alexander Graham Bell.
Enjoy your journey.