That to Which You Pay Attention

When you engage a coach, you make a choice about the quality of your life and/or business.  How's that?  Because you are managing what gets your attention.

What's the focus of your thinking most of the time?

  • Daily brush fires and craziness
  • The deeper, broader, and more strategic concerns of life and work
  • Small, unpleasant things
  • Positive, hopeful things

Take care with your attention.  That to which you give attention and the degree of attention you give to it has an extreme effect on your fulfillment, enjoyment, happiness, and success in life and work.  

Where do you give your attention?   Is it focused or scattered?

In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport cites the work of science writer Winifred Gallagher and says,

. . . what we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore- plays in defining the quality of our life. . . . our brain constructs a worldview based on what we pay attention to . . . your world is the outcome of what you pay attention to . . . [1]

This can even be seen at the neurological level using current imaging techniques.[2]

Minimize and maximize. That's what you do with open windows on your computer.  Right?  Minimize one and maximize another - moving your attention/focus from one fully to the other.

Coaching creates a space to minimize the shallow, surface, small, negative, fearful, discouraging, ultimately inconsequential aspects of life and work.  In coaching, you will maximize the deep, positive, important, courageous, and strategic.  Steven Covey's reference to "pressing the pause" button is the same idea.  In your coaching sessions, you pause from the everyday craziness, smallness, unpleasantness, and negativity.  Take time to think, reset, and refocus.

Your commitment to coaching creates this space for you.  Try coaching.  It will change the way you look at things and immerse you in something deeply challenging.  It will allow you space to be at your best.  And, it will have a powerful, positive effect on your fulfillment, enjoyment, happiness, and success in life and work.


[1] Newport, Cal. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (p. 76-77, 79). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.
 
[2] Newport, p. 78.

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