3.9 - "FOCUS"
Welcome back to Bri Books! Today’s epi is all about “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” by Daniel Goleman.
I picked up “Focus” while wandering around in the self-help/ psychology section of a bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan during a 22-hour layover on my way home from Bali. Discipline doesn't come easy, as CurlBOX CEO Myleik Teele often muses, and it’s not designed to feel “good.” I hoped “Focus” book would be pages of quick tips, tricks and fixes to the “focus problem.” NOT! It’s an examination of how and why focus works, the different types of attention. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways from the fact and research-laden book! Here’s a link to the episode on Apple Podcasts, and SoundCloud.
Key Takeaways from "Focus":
Focus is a combination of muscles, neurons and decision-making.
“When practice occurs while we are focusing elsewhere, the brain does not rewire the relevant circuitry for that particular routine. Those who browse online while working out will never reach the top ranks. Paying full attention seems to boost the mind’s processing speed, strengthen synaptic connections, and expand or create neural networks for what we are practicing.” –p.164
Develop the negative into a Positive picture.
In the Bible, one of my favorite scriptures reads: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." - Phillippians 4:8. It's necessary to FOCUS on the GOOD!
The value of a mind adrift
I find myself looking forward to showers in the mornings now! I have some of my best ideas while my mind is toggling between states, and I find that I'm able to imagine what the fruits of my labor will taste like.
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