I’m pretty sure that if I were to attend elementary school today, I would be labeled as having ADD.
You know the term right? Attention Deficit Disorder.
(personally I don’t see it as a “disorder”. In fact I would re-define it as “Alternative Direction Distinction”)
They would probably want to dose me up with some Riddle-in.
But what they would really need to do is get the Riddle-Out.
I’ve noticed over the years and in my own intensive research observing myself as well as the people who are different from the “norm” (People who are peak performers and outside of the box thinkers) that the truth is we don’t fit in to the convenient cubicles and cubby holes that our educational system or our dominant culture wants to stick us…
We are different.
And golly gee wiz
VIVA LA Damn DIFFER-ANCE!
One of the major tasks on this adventure is to discover how your own unique quality of focus can support you.
Personally, I am interested in a lot of different subjects. My big stroke of genius for my own sanity was to realize that literally EVERYTHING I’m passionately interested in fits nicely (for the moment) under the sweet umbrella of TRANSFORMATION.
I am constantly challenging myself to explore and expand my knowledge, skills and abilities in several seemingly unrelated fields at once.
Music. I don’t just play one instrument. I sing, I play guitar, piano, African and Irish drums, the French horn, the flute, the didgeridoo etc. Pretty much anything that can make a sound? I will play around with it. And while I’m no prodigy or master of any one of those instruments, I AM a master of writing songs using them.
Words. I love to read. I love to write. My voracious reading has quite literally provided my unconscious mind with a massive arsenal of ideas and competence with turning concepts into communications.
As a Songwriter, I combine words and music. I take 2 things and transform them into one thing.
I can literally sit down to a blank page or a camera not knowing what I’m going to say and just open up the “channel” and the words flow out. THAT didn’t happen overnight. But it definitely happens because of the kind of focus I enjoy.
Healing. Over the years I have been absolutely fascinated with the ability of human beings to transform lack of health and vitality into abundance health and vitality. Again. Transformation.
Pursuing that area of interest I’ve apprenticed myself to an energy healer, an herbalist, as well as the top hypnosis and NLP teachers in the world. I also added a precision change model called Time Line Therapy(tm) to the mix as well as EFT (emotional freedom technique or “tapping).
Again, someone else might focus on just one of those modalities and do just fine. I, however, had to explore all of them… because I HAD to master them enough to heal myself. I had to heal myself enough to stop stopping myself from fulfilling my life’s purpose… Every time I worked with a client and didn’t get the result we wanted, I went back to the drawing board and expanded my knowledge and skills and tool set so that I could constantly get better.
Gardening. I used to help other people with their gardens. One day I just had the realization that I loved to grow stuff. I loved growing my own food. I loved planting seeds and watching them grow. In some ways its the same as the great joy I’ve had watching some of my NLP clients and students grow into their greatness by applying the ideas I taught them.
I used to feel deeply frustrated by the fact that I just could not seem to give 100% of myself to any one of the areas of my life I was fascinated with. Because that concept of “focus” meant I had to give up something that I loved.
But when I “chunked” up to TRANSFORMATION,
Boom! Pow! Cowabungah! It all came together.
And while this coming together has taken awhile, a lot of it happened right here in front of your eyes on the Daily Mind Mastery newsletter.
I told you all that, to tell you this:
There is an immutable law of the Universe that is totally and completely trustworthy:
We get what we focus on.
Your neurology is hardwired to be able to focus on only one thing at a time.
If you focus on how bad everything is. Guess what. You get more “bad”.
If you focus on how good everything is. Guess what. You get more “good”.
But the very nature of “focus” is flexible.
Here’s what I mean:
You can focus your camera on something close like a person’s face or a single flower… or you can even get a specialized camera that can take microscopic photos. That’s one kind of focus. In NLP we call it, “Chunking Down.”
if you’ve been paying close attention to the typos in my newsletters and blog posts, you may be good at chunking down, the details focus.
or You can focus your camera on a big picture item like a sunset or a distant mountain range.
Either one is still focus.
In Robert Greene’s fabulous book, “Mastery” he contrasts the strategies of two different Masters.
- Indian born V.S. Ramachandran, found that he was always happiest when he went deeper and deeper and deeper into a single field of study. As kid, he started with sea shells and dove so deep into sea shells that he became a leading expert on sea shells. in other words everywhere he looked he would see shells! ;o) (can’t resist a good pun). Eventually he took this way of learning and being in the world to a field of science that was literally untouched, the study of phantom pain experienced by amputees in their no longer existing limbs.That’s the “chunked down” focus. And it works fabulously if that is your inclination.
- Then there is the big picture focus of a Leonardo DaVinci or a Buckminster Fuller. They looked everywhere for their learning and began to bring different elements together in unique ways. Some of their ideas were ahead of their time. Leonardo studied the flight of birds as much and with as much passion as he experimented with new kinds of paints and pigments. Buckminster Fuller invented an electric car way before its time as well as the geodesic dome which is still a significant architectural form.Those guys demonstrate the “chunked up” form of focus.
The thing is I used to beat myself up for not being the chunked down kind of person. That’s like a labrador retriever beating itself up because it can’t stop retrieving tennis balls. We need to accept and maximize our native strengths and inclinations. Beating ourselves up for ANYTHING is a waste of energy and a wrong use of “Focus”.
Probably there are those of you out there reading this who may have been beating yourself up for not being the way your aren’t.
Did that make sense?
Let me say it another way. They way you focus the best is the best way for you to focus.
The bottom line is you ARE always focused on SOMETHING. Is it supporting you or stopping you from who you really came here to be?
The more you can practice focusing your mind on who you really want to be, and what you really want to do and who you really want to be with, the more you will get THAT.
I’m sure there are tons of scientific studies I could quote about that but I would prefer if you did a little study of your own….
TODAY. Your assignment. Should you choose to accept it.
- Notice how you focus best.
- Consciously focus in that way on what you most desire. Without pressure. without desperation. just hold easily and lovingly in your mind what you most want to be true for your life, your work, your relationships, your health, your vision for a life well lived.
- Write down any ideas or insights or confirmations that you get.
Glad we had this little tawk.
The really important thing is just to be fully aware that you can realize the change you’re looking for…
And here’s how
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p.s. Here’s a little Transformation Tune that illustrates and supports my message. Damn I’m good! :o)
p.p.s. I hope you’ll join us at our next TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY live event.