I recently got into a new sport Rowing. It wasn’t easy! Showing up at the appointed hour in the required gear was easier than the actual sport. A few days into it I realised that I was still not doing something right. It finally came to me after few days of frustrated attempts at getting the techniques right and days of introspection. I wasn’t focusing!
Although I was committing myself to it, I realized there was something amiss. I thought focusing meant saying yes to what I had to focus on. It’s not that at all. It means saying “NO” to the hundred other things that want to run through your mind at the time. I was only mechanically doing my sport because I was thinking of my day’s line up of patients, treatment options, surgery plans, rehabilitation procedures, my appointment with the auditor, the bank documents I needed to submit and so on.
Looking back at this I couldn’t help but think of my colleagues, the players who have contributed many days of cricketing glory, Wondering if they are troubled now, and unable to focus due to distressing happenings around them. But unlike most of us, our elite cricketers in our team have been trained to focus and shut off every other thought and stimulus while they are on the field. But we are all human after all!! There will be an odd moment when they will be left to wonder about the going ons around them.
I only wish remind them of Winston Churchill’s famous quote – You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks!
So my message to my team is ALWAYS “Focus on your purpose! Focus on your reality, which is the game and only the game which is above everything else! You have come a long way and it’s up to you to take it a long way. "