The earth’s magnetic field appears to be a fleeting force that is otherwise invisible unless you have a compass.
There is one amazing hunter that has this navigational beacon hardwired into his blood—the fox.
This clever canine has a miraculous set of skills. During the winter, deep snow covers the black hills of the Dakotas. Hidden under that icy blanket, tiny field mice are stirring. The odds of catching anything might seem hopeless, but not to the fox. An enormous leap into three feet of snow allows him to catch one of those mice.
But how does he do it? He hones in on something invisible. Something that he cannot see, but that he knows is out there.
For the fox to succeed, it takes immense concentration and complete quiet. His ears can pick up the faintest scamper beneath the snow. Just the slightest distraction will throw him off.
I believe you can “catch your target” by controlling what you can. By doing certain little things. Once you do these little things, the odds will be on your favor. Every time.
I just searched the Internet for a book titled The Book of Normal. There isn’t one that I can find anywhere—possibly because there is no such thing as “normal.”
There are and will always be extremes at either end of whatever spectrum you want to look at. There are the extremely educated and those with little formal education. There will always be those with tons of money and those barely surviving day to day.
However, there is one thing that is “normal” for everyone, since the beginning of time. We all have it. We all have access to it. We all have the same amount. We all, at one point in our lives, control what we do with it. It is always present.
It is talked about.
And occasionally used wisely.
It is everywhere. Ever present. There seems to never be enough. We say we don’t know what to do with it.
So few of us master, control, or ever have the feeling as if we have used it intelligently. We lack the ability to focus on it. We try to maximize it by multitasking.
TIME—a commodity of which we all have the same amount and yet never enough.
But the main problem? It is not the lack of time we have, nor the lack of knowledge on how to best use this time.
It is simply the lack of focus and quiet—intense focus in the moment with the lack of any artificial noise being created as outside stimuli.
To most, this would be crazy and uncomfortable. Certainly this is not normal. But if you STOP—literally stop—you can be like the fox.
I know you cannot stop right now. I am aware you are reading this as fast as you can—that you are looking ahead trying to figure out when this writing will end. You feel pressured to hurry and get started on the next thing. I get it. I experience it daily.
But I am also very aware you are not where you want to be, doing what you want to do, that you are striving to feel like what you do matters. And I know that, for you to get where you want to be, you will begin a journey that requires unbelievably intense focus.
So, since you cannot STOP now, schedule it. Can you schedule to STOP in 36 hours? Two days? Next week? Pick 60 minutes in the future and schedule to STOP.
Stop to concentrate intensely amidst quietness. To listen for the padding of tiny feet beneath the snow. Do not be afraid. You will get to know you as you have not known you for a long time.
I know this never makes sense ahead of time. But if you will do this and keep at it, you will not only master focusing on what is important now…but you will begin to have the feeling of mastering yourself. That IS what you really want. The feeling of mastering your life and certainty that what you do really matters.
Your One Guarantee
About that fox…there is a catch:
He almost always comes up empty handed unless he is facing north.
How is this possible? Scientists think he is actually honing in on the magnetic field of the earth—using it to calculate his trajectory. The same kind of math missiles use to hit their target. Just the slightest distraction will throw him off. But if he has the North Pole in his sights, he is guaranteed a meal at least 75% of the time.
Wouldn’t you love the odds of 75% in your favor in anything related to your life? I don’t know about 75%, but intense focus definitely keeps the odds as high as they will go.
We strive to be normal. We want to fit in. At the same moment we want to stick out, be one of a kind, unique. If only we would realize we are already totally unique. That is our one guarantee.
One finger print. Per person. Per planet. Unique enough? Proof you are already one of a kind.
Now act like it. Focus. Intensely.
What is the one thing in your business or life that desperately needs intense focus?