Focus is fundamental driver of success – II : Virendra Dafane

Jul 23 2014, 13:22 IST
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SummaryJust understanding the importance of specifics doesn’t get you there unless you combine your dreams with the discipline of execution

In the part-I, we have conversed about Bhagavad Gita and Modern Science perspectives and role of Intellect in constructing the focus. Let’s perceive the other important points which will establish the momentous focus.

The Discipline of Execution

Just understanding the importance of specifics doesn’t get you there unless you combine your dreams with the discipline of execution. We all need to have a goal which can be measured on a daily basis.

What is everyday growth? Lagging and leading indicators on a day-to-day basis? If you cannot measure it, then you cannot achieve it, and this is the universal truth.

For example, the day Michael Phelps won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 (100m Butterfly), he set himself a new goal of winning a 2008 gold medal as well. He was so keen on this goal that he started practicing the very next day. He continued this discipline of daily practice till he won that 2008 gold. He holds the record for the most number of Olympic gold medals (18) of all time. In an Interview, M. Phelps attributed his success to his Coach Bob Bowman’s “disciplined and regimented ways of coaching.” And Bob Bowman described Phelps as "a solitary man” with a "rigid focus.” People who master the “art of constructing focus” achieve remarkable results and remain a role model for many youngsters.

Focus Based on Behavioral Type

Normally, all humans have three main behavioral characteristics: Feeling, Thinking, and Acting. The people who limit their focus to feelings achieve little in their life as they only feel about their goals or any given subject and act rarely. Likewise, people who think a lot but lack the actions also struggle to achieve a goal. People who think and act are the most powerful unit in this world as they think and follow through with massive actions till the achievement of the goal.

For example, Dhirubhai Ambani had action-based focus; he acted on every single business idea that came to his mind. He thought of selling petrol and created a refinery. There are many who have dreams to build a refinery but never actually build. So action-based focus will separate you from the average crowd. Bhagavad-Gita calls such people “KarmYogi” (Action-Driven).

Sense of Possibility

You will have to create a sense of possibility for yourself. Sense of possibility means “action-based aura,” which creates a belief in yourself that you can achieve your goal. Few people have

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