A Physical Goal
Some actions must be taken immediately, with no/minimal thinking, when there is no/minimal time to think. At moments requiring full alert and quick reaction, one should be prepared in advance with sufficient data and expectation of all scenarios, rather than think at such moments. Not only in serious situations, but also with simple pleasures and body functions we shouldn't think much, complicating the simple and sophisticating the natural.
There are situations requiring both body and mind focus, maximally. Crossing a street or driving at intersections, one should not do or think of anything else, keeping all senses on alert, with some muscular tension ready to apply instantly and flexibly. "Maximum flexibility" can be a good idea (rather a mantra, since there's no time for ideas) to have then, for focusing, to achieve full body-mind balance at such risky situations we have no choice about. However, it's better not to try focus and tempt fate: there is no need for risk-taking as long as there are alternatives, and mostly there are. (The front of a truck could be one of Grim Reaper's faces, and your last to see, and "Look out!" the last words you hear! Your "maximum focus, maximum focus, maximum focus ..." mantra won't help you then!)
- Focus on an action requires change of body and mind state:
- From stillness to motion, slowly, quickly, or instantly.
- From motion to stillness, i.e. a negative action: to stop, immediately or gradually.
- From a speed, direction, length, or frequency of an action, to another.
Doing begets more doing. It sounds simple, but I’m a firm believer that action can solve so many worries, and just powering through, no matter what, can give you the confidence you need when you feel like you’ve got nothing to offer.
-Reese Witherspoon (Actress & Global Ambassador)
Three types of goals
Now comes the fun part, actually thinking about and establishing your goals. There are three types of goals: based on time, focus and topic.
1.Time goals are the ones we refer to as short-term or long-term.An example would be having a short-term goal of learning how to make a roux with a long-term goal of learning how to make gumbo.
2.Focus goals remind me of a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal).It’s the one thing that's driving the majority of decisions. For instance, I had a goal last year to write a book. Big goal. It was a huge endeavour and impacted many of my personal and professional decisions.
3.Topic based goals can be personal, professional, career, and financial.Maybe you have a goal to save a certain amount of money. Or to complete a leadership development program. These are goals that are important in a certain aspect of our life.
Time, focus, and topic goals are not mutually exclusive. We can have short-term financial goals, long-term career goals, and a personal BHAG.
Time Is Your Greatest Asset (So Make the Most Of It)
The thing that we have in life that we absolutely can’t get back is our TIME.
You can make money and lose it, you can get a girlfriend and lose her too, but once you lose time you can NEVER get it back. Once time passes you by, it’s gone and there is NO returning.
This is why it is 100% essential to make the MOST of the time that you have left on earth. You must ONLY focus on doing the things which you enjoy doing and brings you happiness and STOP doing the things that drain your time and that you absolutely HATE doing.
What do most people spend half of their lifetimes doing?
Working boring, soul draining 9 – 5 jobs that they absolutely HATE. They spend 5 days out of the week working some stupid factory job or corporate job and getting paid peanuts. Most people do these things because they assume (incorrectly) that they are headed for success but really they are headed for failure and a life full of mediocrity.
Listen to Your Inner Voice, Your Instincts
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