Why do we tell ourselves focus-lies? Because being mostly-focused is so seductive! It feels safe — “If our focus doesn’t work, we’ll still be OK.” Focus is fear-y.
How will you know when you’ve hit that focused-focused extreme? You’ll know you’re focused when:
- Everything you’re doing is necessary (not just useful, or additive, or complementary) to the one and only goal you have at that moment.
- You feel the pain of leaving something great behind — focus is defined by the quality of the best thing you’ve left on the cutting room floor. “If we didn’t do [awesome thing], think how phenomenal the thing we are doing must be!”
- You feel flow — things recede because you know the one thing you must do. It hurts, but hurts good.