Tag: focus



Michelangelo

Standing in front of the quarries in Carrara, I imagine Michelangelo choosing stones worthy of his masterpieces. In my mind’s eye, I see him surveying these very mountains as he travelled around paying labourers here and scrutinising a rock wall there.
Our ancestors accomplished some amazing feats, without our modern transport systems. But of course, it goes without saying that Michelangelo did not mass produce his David! And he only painted one Sistine Chapel.

And what if that is the secret? Only do things once and give it your all to do your best? That’s what the 4 Toltec agreements teach us.

What about you? What is the project closest to your heart that would be worth you spending a month, a year, or even 25 years on?



Take your glasses off!

“Let me take my glasses off so I can concentrate!”

I stare in surprise at the person talking to me. Then I understand. When outlines are blurred by his myopia, he is no longer distracted by his surroundings and can focus on the problem!

We experience that state when we daydream; our eyes become fixed on the distance and our surroundings merge into a blur. Out of the mist one single idea takes shape.

When I look at the watch firmly attached to my wrist or the clock on my bedside table, I see only one thing: the time!

If I try to achieve the same result looking at my smartphone, I am immediately distracted by the red bubbles showing the number of calls, emails and text messages that have arrived in my absence. I find myself replying to my messages and realise later that I still don’t know what time it is!

What about you? What symbolic glasses do you need to take off in order to really focus on something?