When I was a firefighter we used to notice how difficult it was for the police officers to accept the fact that in general, most people were good people. One day when I asked a veteran officer why that was, his answer was really enlightening. When 95% of your day is dealing with the worst 5% of the population you quickly begin to believe that 95% of the population are criminals. What do you focus on 95% of the time?
I remember an interview with Andre Agassi on a terribly windy day and they asked him if the wind bothered him. He smiled and replied, “wind – I didn’t even notice the wind. I grew up in Las Vegas where it’s always windy. I love the wind.” Funny, because Agassi’s opponent blamed his own loss on the terrible weather conditions. What’s your wind that’s drawing your focus and ruining your day?
After working with thousands of top executives I’m convinced that too many people don’t take responsibility for their own focus. Either that, or they’re not even aware of where their focus is. If you really want to quickly improve your performance, take control of your focus and only place it on what you want to grow.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer