Focus & WillpowerKaty Cook
We are constantly bombarded by distractions, which our brains must fight against. It turns out that a lot of us have wandering minds and struggle to stay focused. When we are reading, our minds typically wander anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the time!! It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our minds. Even worse, on average, when our minds wander, they tend to skew toward negative thoughts and focus on self-centered thoughts more than anything else.
Accomplishing goals requires strong focus, motivation, and determination- all qualities that constitute strong willpower. And the more challenging the goal, the more willpower we require. Our willpower plays a crucial role in determining the course of our lives. Self-control and willpower aren’t necessarily qualities we’re born with. They must be developed throughout our childhood and even our adulthood. The most effective way to develop stronger willpower is to do what you love.
This is because your willpower increases if your work reflects your values. Doing what you love motivates you to pursue goals and dreams with determination. And the effort requires seems worthwhile when you enjoy and care about the results of your work. Having the ability to focus is an advantage both in life and at work. It enables us to get into a flow state and perform better.
“Focus is one of the key social/soft skills that need to be mastered by all Entrepreneurs and business leaders along with visualization, prioritization, time management, compassion, and collaboration to name a few.”
The Secret Sauce for Success”
Shan Shanbhag, Ph.D.
Mentor and Business Development Advisory
Principal, Shanbhag Enterprises