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Be Single Minded



I’m going to expound on the subject of focus from my previous post. I rarely expound in my books so please indulge me.

A huge stumbling block for many people is double-mindedness. The human mind (well, more the human MALE mind) is incapable of focusing on two things at once effectively. Since men tend to be worse at multitasking, trying to complete two projects simultaneously often leads to inferior work in not one, but both.

This is not exactly breaking news. Lion tamers use this principle to safely fend off a lion with a stool. By holding the chair or stool so that the legs are facing the big cat, it becomes disoriented and retreats since it can’t focus on all four points at once. The stool is more important to lion taming than the whip or the gun. (I am curious if this works equally well with a lioness).

There is an axiom of warfare that says, “To confuse your enemy, give them too many options.”

The Bible in James 1:8 states, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

There is an old saying, possibly Japanese, “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

See? All of recorded history agrees with me.

When we have an important task we need to devote ourselves entirely to it to filter out of any distractions. We need to focus on the immediate.

Does that mean we need to rearrange our entire lives? No, but it may mean we need to rearrange a portion of our lives. If you are working on a book, a painting, or a violin concerto it requires focused creative thought and energy. Though, you probably shouldn’t quit your job to work on that exclusively until it’s completed. But you should set aside time to work specifically on that and that alone. Every other lingering thought or distracting phone call or additional rabbit will dilute the focus of your efforts.

Fifteen minutes a day of total, focused effort is superior to two hours a day of watered down, poking-it-with-a-stick think-about-it-a-thons.

What worthwhile thing do you focus on daily? And along the same lines, what worthless thing do you devote your focus to? (*cough* tv *cough*)

Author: Matt_S_Law

Matt S. Law is an author focusing on success principle and motivational books. He was born, raised and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

5 thoughts on “Be Single Minded

  1. Dear Matt
    your posts are always inspiring. I have read your books and found them really useful and I am recommending them to others. I ask your permission to translate some of them in my blog. Always mentioning you as the original author.
    Just my personal opinion isn’t the heading of the blog page too dark? the background of the title 15 minutes? Maybe it is just personal taste.
    God bless you

    • Thanks, Elena for the encouraging words. I don’t mind if you translate excerpts from my books.on your blog. I’d love to read what I sound like in Esperanto and other languages. As for the blog header, I’ve been meaning to change up my blog format for a while now but haven’t placed a very high priority on it.

  2. *cough* reading *cough*…

  3. Good post, thanks for sharing. I’ve found that it is always worthwhile to pursue deeper relationships (with God, other people), but that by and large, any form of technology easily becomes a major distraction. Technology is a good tool, yes, but to what purpose? That is the question I think we always need to keep asking ourselves!

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