Thinking or lamenting about the last thing that occurred is a quick way to halve your output.
If all a golf player can think about is how off their last swing felt, that’s less focus and attention they can invest in the swing they’re about to take.
If all a worker can think about is the last roadblock they hit in a project, that’s less focus and attention they can invest into figuring out how to move forward.
Attention is one of our greatest assets yet its importance is frequently underrated.
When I think about the characteristics of the people I admire the most, it’s those who are able to maintain composure and clarity amidst seemingly chaotic situations.
I think this is a product of their ability to adopt a very concentrated, narrow field of view on one question: What do I (or we) need to do to move closer to our goal?
Everything else is disregarded as noise before it has a chance to incite worry or drain energy.