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Friday, February 16, 2007

Focusing on the task at hand

Remember back when I gave Barry Moltz's book about business a pretty good review despite a few negatives? I suppose the true telling of a book is whether or not you ever re-visit it. I know the books I love the most are the ones I read over several times and refer back to constantly. There's one particular section entitled "Mind Your Business" in You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business that I keep referring back to:

I always struggled with being effective at the task at hand until I learned a favorite Zen Buddhist parable where two monks are discussing their Zen masters. One monk says to the other "My master is so powerful he can walk across the water of this river without using a bridge." The other monk replies, "That's nothing. My master is so powerful that when he chops wood, he chops wood. When he cooks rice, he cooks rice." The way I interpret this parable is that there is nothing more powerful in this world than just focusing on what you are doing right now.

Lately I have been constantly reminding myself to focus on the moment. If I'm at the gym, I'm dialed in to executing every rep of an exercise with perfect form. If I'm working on a client's project, my entire mind is in their business. If I'm cooking, I'm focusing on every aspect of the meal I'm making.

That's not to say that if a good idea pops into my mind I don't write it down and think about it for a second, it just means that when I'm at the gym I'm not thinking about how in a few months we're going to need a payroll service, or worrying about how were going to handle hiring our first full time employee. I'm focusing on what I'm doing. If I stray, I remind myself to get back on track.

The end result - I'm more relaxed, less stressed out, and I accomplish more. Are you wasting time by letting your mind jump all over the place?


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