It’s been a pleasant ride so far writing this blog. I hope that you are enjoying it as much as I am.
Focus and determination is one thing that differentiates winning from losing. Sports and business people have to remain focused at all times for any situation that requires an immediate reaction while keeping sight of priorities and end state.
Balancing levels of concentration can be compared to lighting a candle with a match in a windy place. You have to balance timing and windage, and once it’s lit, keep it from going away through careful protection. If you light your match too fast the wind will blow it away; too slow and it will burn your hand. When it is lit, you have to help it with your hands and body not to get blown off by the wind. It’s the same for concentration, internal and external factors will try to blow it away, but if you are focused and you can keep that concentration, you will not lose your sight or vision.
With the help of small doodle I will try to explain what I mean.
1. Know your objectives
Define where you want to be, wether it is a professional athlete, an entrepreneur, a business owner, you must first decide what is it that you want. Tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro claims that it was always his dream to win the US Open. He knew where he was; Tandil, Argentina, a city with around 100,000 habitants. He was determined and chose to go for that milestone. In 2009, he achieved his dream, not only was he the 5th youngest person to win it, but he beat Roger Federer, for many claimed the best tennis player in history. He got to where he wanted to be.
2. Decide if you want to be better than the rest.
To be better than the rest, you must be willing to do things that no one else wants to do. This is when your passion comes in question. How much do you want it? How much are you willing to stand for what you want to do? If you quit, you will be like the rest. Quitters never win, and winners never quit, so decide that you want to be better than the rest. Mark Cuban sold stamps, then opened a bar, then opened a company where he claims he passed nights without sleeping, reading all day, memorizing, to accelerate his process. He was selling during days, and learning during nights. He also claims he went 7 years without a single vacation. His company became successful, he sold it, and became a millionaire. Then he moved on to acting in a movie, and finally purchased the Dallas Mavericks. If you look back at step by step in what he did, it doesn’t look like he had a clear path. But if you look at the big picture, his X at the top was very high, and one thing was clear as water… He was by no means going to be like the rest.
3. Don’t let anything obstruct your vision
Life will sometimes take you to places that you don’t want to be, and it is going to move you around at times, but wherever life takes you, do not lose sight of your goals. Make those extra efforts and don’t give up. Donald Trump saw himself not only in bankruptcy but in debt of billions. Life took him there, and although is not a nice place to be, it helped him increase his concentration and remain focused on his goals. He is now one of the most successful real estate developers and an icon of New York. Josh Hamilton was drafted as a first pick overall in 1999 draft. After that, the world never knew anything about him. Life took him to drugs and alcoholism, but in 2007, he cleaned up, ragained his focus and caught the league by surprise. He slammed a record breaking total of 28 Home Runs in a HR Derby, won a batting title in 2010, and took the Rangers to a World Series. He is now so focused and dedicated to his goals, that in playoff wins he convinced his whole team to celebrate with ginger ale instead of champagne!
4. If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big!
Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “It’s never crowded along the extra mile”. When you decide that you want to be in the top 5%, you have less competition. Athletes look up to other athletes and become them, and same thing happens to successful business people. What I mean by this is, measure yourself against the best in what you want to do, and you will easily surpass the rest.