Two quick recaps of the standards here to set the expectation for our approach this month.
First, if you want to build a skill, improve your situation, or become elite, the absolute best approach is to do simple things with elite discipline. That’s what we’re going to do. Simplify and execute.
Second, I’m introducing you to an exclusive structure I use in my life, but rarely discuss publicly. It’s been so valuable for me that I feel compelled to share it with you. The best version of me only happens when three things align.
Self-awareness. Know myself.
Self-discipline. Control myself.
Self-confidence. Believe in myself.
When these three qualities are present and aligned, the best version of me is unleashed. When they’re not, if even one is missing or neglected, I act as an average, or worse, version of myself.
Now on to FOCUS:
Focus is primarily the management of attention and attention is a limited resource. Giving attention to one thing limits or excludes the attention you can give another.
What’s important to you? Does your focus and attention match what you say matters to your life? In the moment, do you need narrow detailed focus or wide perspective focus? Bring the right kind of focus to each context.
Self-discipline. Control yourself.
Focus is chosen moment to moment in both the direction of your attention and the depth. Prepare: unimportant things will capture your attention for many reasons. When you realize you’ve been captured, and it just isn’t important, detach your focus and direct it somewhere more valuable.
Self-confidence. Believe in yourself.
You can’t pay attention to everything and that’s ok because most things don’t need your attention. Remember, attention is a limited resource. Invest it where YOU want. Only where you want.
Do the work.
PS - Here’s what you can look forward to on the schedule for the rest of this month.
Dec 5: Time Dec 6: Energy Dec 7: Observation Dec 10: Humility Dec 11: Empathy Dec 12: Listening Dec 13: Integrity Dec 14: Emotion Dec 17: Assertiveness Dec 18: Flexibility Dec 19: Saying no Dec 20: Risk Management Dec 21: Honesty Dec 24: Influence Dec 25: Forgiveness Dec 26: Decision making Dec 27: Nonverbals Dec 28: Patience Dec 31: Persistence
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