Focus is fundamental driver of success - I: Virendra Dafane

Jul 16 2014, 18:11 IST
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We all need a powerful mental focus to achieve our dreams, goals, and interests. We all need a powerful mental focus to achieve our dreams, goals, and interests.
SummaryWe all need a powerful mental focus to achieve our dreams, goals, and interests.

We all need a powerful mental focus to achieve our dreams, goals, and interests. Focus on where you want to go and not what you are panicked about. Focus is similar to a camera lens in that it shows only the area or angle where we have trained our focus on. Because of this, pictures you take by camera can alter reality and present only a small percentage of the big picture. Focus means the area of interest upon which you have concentrated your thoughts and which can be acted upon. Let’s see what we focus on while achieving our goals and dreams.

The Gita and Modern-Science Perspective

Yavanarthaudapanesarvatabsamplutodake

Tavansarveshuvedsubramanasyavijanataha

[Chapter 2, Sloka 46 of Gita]

Here, Krishna states that our capabilities are greater than our limitations. You must understand that you are unbounded. Krishna is asking us to focus on our capabilities and not limitations.

Modern science also has a similar take to what Gita said: “An individual who knows his potential (capabilities) can achieve a greater focus." So, the answer to what to focus on? Focus on your capabilities (self-understanding) and act in the direction of your goals and dreams.

How to Create a Focus

Focus begins with goals, dreams, or interests. Naturally, you will have default thoughts about your goals, interests, and dreams. Whatever you focus upon will grow in your mind. The meaning you acquire from a situation is often the matter of focus. In order to get the right meaning, you need to ask the right questions: Stop asking why all the time and shift to “how can I change this situation?" The answer to that "how" leads to a journey and process towards a positive outcome.

For example, in 2001's Eden Garden Test Match, every Indian batsman asked himself: "How can I save this test match for India, or minimize Indian's defeat by scoring runs?" VVS Laxman and Rahul David, however, asked themselves a different question: "How can I turn this around and win the game for India?" Their minds gave the answer, "Stay on wicket for the entire day and score.” They obeyed. The match and series were turned on their heads. This has changed the perceptive of entire world towards Laxman and Dravid. They became “The Tungsten Steel Warriors” of Indian cricket. The focus was changed by asking better questions.

The Role of Intellect and Actions

To construct a powerful focus, you need to get

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