Action - Part 1 - Focusing on Focus

A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer "Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?" The farmer replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one." Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless focus.A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer "Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?" The farmer replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one."

Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless focus.

Two factors that define an activity are Urgent and Important. Urgent means it requires immediate attention. A ringing phone is urgent. Most people can’t stand the thought of just allowing the phone to ring.

Important, on the other hand, has to do with results. If something is important, it contributes to our success.

Not going to the gym today isn’t urgent, but it is important for your long–term health.

Success means being clear about your priorities and acting on them.

That sounds pretty easy, but many people unconsciously fall into the trap of getting caught up in non-important things. They neglect the larger life priorities until it becomes too late to act on them. To become a successfull, you need to first be aware of your priorities in the larger context of your life.

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