I wanted to talk about focus today and the impact it’s had on me. Let’s start with the definition of focus: 1. the center of interest or activity, 2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
In the Master Key Mastermind Alliance course pretty much from day one we’ve all been asked to focus. Focus on what it is that we want, focus on the good that happens all around, focus on our SMART goals, focus on our Definite Major Purpose. As we get closer to the end of this course I find that my focus isn’t always 100%, sometimes it’s not even 50%. And there’s the problem for me. If I am unable to focus, how can I do my best, how can I be of great service to others if I can’t focus?
Two events this past week got me thinking about this. The first event was after watching the documentary, I Am; the second event was a conversation I had with my wife.
The first event:
The documentary I watched was for one of the assignments for the course. The documentary is about one of Hollywood’s all-time leading comedy directors, Tom Shadyac. This documentary was incredible; I recommend that you give it a watch. Tom was very successful in the movie industry and very wealthy. He had everything, expensive cars, several properties, and a private jet to name a few. But he began to question all that he had achieved and acquired, and after a major cycling accident where he sustained a severe concussion known as post-concussion syndrome, a condition where the symptoms of the original concussion don’t go away, he found himself at a crossroad. He had tried every sort of therapy to get his health back, nothing was working. His symptoms were so severe that he welcomed death as a release. Funny thing was that when he contemplated death as a way out, that’s when things started to change for him, they started to get better. In a way he did die, he had accepted that everything he had done up to the point of his accident, his prior life of excess greed had to change, he decided to let go of his past and embark on a journey, it was through this journey that his condition began to recede.
Meeting with many remarkable men and women his quest was to find out what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better.
“I didn’t want to hear the usual answers, like war, hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, or even greed,” he explains. “These are not the problems, they are the symptoms of a larger endemic problem. In I AM, I wanted to talk about the root cause of the ills of the world, because if there is a common cause, and we can talk about it, air it out in a public forum, then we have a chance to solve it.”
His discoveries along the way are fascinating and through his journey he begins to see that there is more good in our world than he ever imagined and at the end of the documentary he finds himself asking, what’s right with our world?
The second event:
The conversation that I had with my wife was regarding my thoughts on my progress through this course. I am doing alright but I find it challenging to keep up with several things. I sometimes feel that I am unable to balance everything, and I could do a lot better with my organizational skills. Thinking about this while preparing lunch with my wife she noticed the look on my face and new that something was up. She had asked if everything was alright, and I began to express my concerns. When I was done speaking my wife began to point out all the positive things that we do on a daily basis, including everything that we had accomplished that day.
So let’s get back to the word focus.
Tom had begun his journey with his focus on all that was wrong in our world. It was only until he had started asking questions and doing research that he was able to change his focus and see all that is right in our world.
I was focusing on all the negative parts of my progress, and it was only until I had the discussion with my wife that I was able to change my focus to see again all the things I’m doing right.
At that point before the discussion with my wife I was concerned about my focus, or lack of it. But I now realize that that is not the case.
My ability to focus is incredible, I just have to continually remind myself to focus on the positive things.
As I thought about this I remember paragraphs 27 and 28 in Haanel’s MasterKey – Part Nineteen:
- For your exercise this week, concentrate, and when I use the word concentrate,I mean all that the word implies; become so absorbed in the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing else, and do this a few minutes every day. You take the necessary time to eat in order that the body may be nourished, why not take the time to assimilate your mental food?
- Let the thought rest on the fact that appearances are deceptive. The earth is not flat, neither is it stationary; the sky is not a dome, the sun does not move, the stars are not small specks of light, and matter which was once supposed to be fixed has been found to be in a state of perpetual flux.
I shift my focus to see all that I am doing right.