3…2…1…GO!

If you’ve participated in any sport…regardless of if was a competitive event…a school yard race…or even a timed exam…we’ve all heard the 3…2…1…Go!  I’ve been thinking over the last couple of days about what I was going to write about next.  There are hundreds of email topics I could write about…Halloween with my two sons…a Mom’s (or “Mum’s” as BK would call it) competition we’ve got coming up at BKAthletics this weekend…all of which would produced quality posts.  But getting to the box this morning at around 5:30…preparing for a 10 minute all out row on the concept 2 rower for calories…I couldn’t help but think about what would go down when I heard that 3…2…1…Go!

It got me thinking about what goes through someone’s head…in this particular instance an athlete…when they hear those numbers count down.  It could be 3…2…1…or it could be “on your marks…get set” it could be many things but what goes through the mind in anticipation of that start.  Then coming into work this morning…I couldn’t help thinking about how that starting phrase applies to daily working life.  Do we still have that 3…2…1…in our working lives?  Is there still that same anticipation for an event or action that drives each one of us to do our best?

For me…as I prepare for that starting call…what goes through my mind is all about the race, event, or challenge.  It is running through the game plan…and then like Kevin Costner stated in the baseball epic (joking…though only baseball movie my wife will sit through)…I do my best to “clear the mechanism”.  It is what Costner does on the mound while pitching to remove all the noise…all the distraction that you might be facing from the outside and forces you to focus on the task at hand.  I’ve found that for me…the ability to obtain and maintain that focus is crucial for success.  I never was the fastest…I never was the smartest…but if I could be the most focused…I could and can compete at anything I put my mind to…business…sports…life.  It is when someone loses this focus they are not able to perform to their greatest potential.  Now…of course I don’t have evidence to back up that statement…but it rings true based on my personal experience…how about you?

Writing this post has got me thinking about all of the places where my focus is lacking.  There are not many…but there are definitely a few.  Hey…we’re all human…we can’t be perfectly focused on everything that we do.  Life is full of distractions…and frankly some of those distractions are the best moments in life.  You don’t need to hear that 3…2…1…GO! to drive your focus.  All that is…is a cue..a signal…a beginning…it is a prompt goading your mind into to removing all distractions and forcing you to get down to the business at hand.

What could you accomplish if you maintained your focus all day long?  If you weren’t distracted by email…or surfing the web…or even writing a blog post?  What would you do differently…how would your life be different?

(Writers note: over excessive use of … in this post…sorry…just love the ellipse!)


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