I was getting ready to make a skydive. I had a lot going on at the time—problems with construction workers, some phone calls I needed to make.
“Put it all aside for right now,” Andy, my jump master, said. “The only thing in the world you’re going to focus on for the next hour is the skydive you’re going to make. You don’t want to be jumping out of that plane with other stuff going on in your mind.”
I did what he said. I deliberately pushed aside all other thoughts of people, what they were feeling, what I had to do, and how they were going to respond.
“That’s one of the benefits of skydiving,” Andy said. “It’s really taught me to focus my mind.”
Sometimes we get interrupted. Sometimes it’s good to let our consciousness flow and our minds wander. Sometimes it’s time to focus on one task and let other cares and ideas slip away. We have so much power in this marvelous world. One of the powers available to us is dedication, commitment, and focus on the task at hand.
Learn to focus on one thing you want to do. If you’ve been struggling with and procrastinating about something, make a commitment to focusing on that task until it’s done.
God, help me learn to focus my energies on the essential tasks at hand.
From the book: More Language of Letting Go
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