No, I don’t think there is anything intrinsically abundant about being a single. However for those who are single heartedly devoted and focused in purpose, mind and intention, there can be much abundance.
Anyone who has been watching the Olympians these past days will undoubtedly notice the intense focus and concentration that each athlete has as they each begin their event. I love watching the camera zoom in to their facial expression as they prepare themselves for the game. The real game has started before the actual event begins. The mental game that went on in their head and mind will determine a great part of where they will end up in the final analysis.
That focused concentration and undivided attention got them through the many difficulties, barriers and the distractions as they tear down the tracks on unfamiliar grounds under hot and humid weather in Beijing. What’s the application for us?
As we go through each “game” of our everyday lives we can:
1. Keep our Focus Singly and Undividedly on what counts; that which you want and pursue
Without the crystal clear vision of what it is that you want, you will be discouraged by every obstacle and barrier that comes along your way. Know what it is that you want to pursue and why that is important then fix your gaze on goal. Let nothing pull or push your gaze and attention away from your vision.
2. Turn Distractions into your Allies; Noise into Cheer
Every distraction that tempts you away from moving towards your original course will cost you your prized goal. Everyday, there are distractions from all directions, and the biggest challenge that I see is the noise and critical voice that goes on in your head. That will cripple and paralyze you from going forward. I wonder if these athletes can somehow turn the noise from the crowd into cheers that propel them towards their focused goal? The next time you hear a critical voice that attacks you, turn the dial and tune into a channel that turns that noise into a chorus of cheers that motivates you forward. Reprogram that critical voice into the cheer leader’s song.
3. Approach Obstacles with Tips from The Guides; there is a way to overcome
Every obstacle course in outward bound looks daunting and insurmountable at first blush. However, most if not all participants are able to conquer the obstacles after the Guides show them the way to approach the obstacles. How is that possible? There are tips and guidelines available, and I believe that the obstacles in our path are not there to stop us but to provide us an opportunity to approach it in a new and creative way. Every invention starts with a problem. Every obstacle has object lessons. How do I reach the goal? Reach out for support and learn from those who have been there done that.