We have a new feline visitor in the house, that we’re fostering while a permanent home is sought for her. On arrival, she dashed under the end table in the corner and sat there peering out at us. We tried calling to her, we tried reaching in to pet her, we tried little cat treats to coax her out, all to no avail.
Then we decided to watch a movie, and about half-way through, we checked on her – and she wasn’t in her hiding place. Looking around, we found her confidently prowling about the kitchen, sniffing and exploring, and generally making herself at home!
Have you ever noticed how often that sort of thing happens in business? You have a thorny problem, or maybe a great opportunity, so you focus hard, trying to work out how to get everything working at its best. Because that’s what you’ve been told, isn’t it, that you are supposed to focus, if you want to get the results you desire.
And yet somehow, it’s only when you move your attention onto something else, even something as simple as making a cup of coffee, or perhaps taking a breather outside, that a solution pops into your mind, seemingly out of nowhere. Except it hasn’t come from nowhere, it was always there in your unconscious knowing, you were just looking so doggedly in the wrong direction that you missed it. Those couple of minutes of changed focus allowed it to bubble up into your conscious awareness, ready for your renewed focus to put it to good use.
So here’s my question for you: where in your business might you be focusing too hard?