What Is "Focus"?

Last Update: April 05, 2016

There's a common misconception about what it means to "focus" on a task.

Using the example of a torch beam, we understand that the task is "lit up". That the mind is "focussed" on the task, rather than being scattered all over the place like the light from a light bulb.

But when we apply that example to "mental focus" we can easily miss the REAL significance of the torch beam.

Look at the picture. What is the most striking feature?

For me, the most striking feature is that EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN THE DARK. Pushed out of sight. Backburnered. Ignored. Shelved.

For me, "FOCUS" means . . nothing else exists.

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NemiraB Premium
Yes, especially when we are in online business, distractions such as friendly call or visits to social media without the business purpose, can make harm for our activities. Robin Sharma places focus in the first places developing character.
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markjowen Premium
While I do agree with your comment, consider "focus" in a different context - photography. A photo can have something in focus - but it doesn't necessarily mean that everything that isn't in focus, doesn't exist.
I feel that you can't ignore surrounding items or factors, you just have to give them less priority.
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ChrisGooden Premium
You need tomatoes
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markjowen Premium
True - that is one approach.

However, I guess upon re-reading your post, and the comments of others I do see where you are coming from. And,it's also the reason that reason that the Pomodoro technique didn't quite do it for me. When I do focus on something, I tend to want to give it more than 25 minutes.

Having said that, it's all about discipline, and ... focus
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Sheila50 Premium
Zoomed in on just one thing at a time!
Sheila
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ChrisGooden Premium
Now that worries me. It sounds a lot like "Shiny object syndrome" constantly chasing rainbows. Exactly the opposite of focus.
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Sheila50 Premium
I love rainbows! LOL
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CarolEll Premium
Clear and concise! Thanks. Carol
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JudeP Premium
Great point, thank you :)
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