For some reason I’ve always been a basketball fan. I’ve loved playing it for as long as I can remember and it’s the one sport I really enjoy watching.
I’ve never played with any team, and I’ve never gone to an NBA game, but I love basketball all the same.
Despite this love, years of my life went by without playing.
A couple years ago I remembered this (have you ever forgotten or put aside one of your hobbies?) and decided it was time to get a B-ball. I went down to the courts by my house, which are conveniently overlooking the ocean, and started to play.
My game was rusty as hell. So I went on the good ol’ YouTube and started watching videos on how to make a shot.
Focal Point is Everything.
Where your eyes go the ball goes.
I was fascinated by this.
The next day I went on the court and I did a little experiment. I’d aim and shoot without focusing on the net, and I missed.
I’d give the same amount of aim and shoot and add pure dedicated focus to the net and I scored.
It was amazing—I almost couldn’t believe my own eyes.
Was it that simple? How did my eyes have that power!?
It was as if there was a magnetic pull from my eyes straight to the net that got the ball through. It felt like pure magic.
What else is fascinating is at that time I was teaching yoga and leading yoga teacher trainings and retreats, and in the yogic philosophy they talk a lot about the power of focal point.
When you are practicing a pose, there is often the teaching to “focus your gaze” and in some traditions there is even a specific place to gaze towards.
The reason for this is The Power of Focus.
The quality of focus is like a muscle. It needs to be trained.
In yoga, the poses are like a warm up for getting focused to quiet our mind and move into a meditative state so that we can clear out the clunky murky thoughts so that clarity can arise.
After all enlightenment simply means turning on the light, and in the darkness of muddled thought it’s hard to see the light (aka clarity).
This is why quieting our mind facilitates the light to shine a little brighter—inviting our mind to see more clearly after actively taking time to practice meditation. (p.s it’s impossible to do meditation wrong. If you wanna read more about that, click here and read point #3).
So in the yoga, we train our “focus muscles” while in the poses.
In meditation we are training our focus muscles. We often focus on the breath to help quiet down our thoughts.
In basketball, like all sports, in order to be a pro you need to have dedicated focus—and this is a muscle that strengthens over time.
And in the game of B ball through focusing intently on the net, you increase your odds of scoring (in my experiment those odds rose to 100% – It felt great to make that many shots
In the game of business the power of focus can make or break you.
We live in a scattered time. There has never been so many gadgets and demands that are dividing our focus. Our attention span has decreased, and current technology isn’t helping.