“I didn’t see it because I wasn’t looking,” an article by Seth Godin talks about focus in the life of great leaders
My friend Alan came over to dinner the other night. Unbeknownst to me, he had a few plastic scorpions in his pocket (a reminder of a recent adventure).
I saw a plastic scorpion on the bowl of nuts, but I didn’t see it, I just moved it aside and went ahead preparing dinner. A few minutes later, I saw a second plastic scorpion on the counter, but again, I didn’t actually see it, didn’t pause or consider it, I just moved on. It took until the third plastic scorpion before I said, “huh.”
This is one reason we feel the need to yell ‘surprise’ at a surprise party. Because we all have blinders on.
The people who are the very best at noticing what’s happening notice it because they’re looking. “You can see a lot just by looking.”
The lives of the great leaders are overflowing with a myriad of meetings, events and people competing for the scarce resource of their time. Their daily schedules provide focus to these activities they are highlighted, dated and timed. They see the plastic scorpions with this process. Yet, there is more … the still unseen.
A world revolves around them silently beckoning their attention, offering them magical, unscheduled opportunities that have the possibility of changing them and their world. Blinders need to be shed, and eyes opened to these possibilities. A vision is needed. Jonathan Swift writes: “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” To this may we also add “… and oneself.”
Let our passion, love, commitment and focus on our life’s purpose be the voices within us crying joyfully and loudly to us: “Surprise!” We may not see everything, but we will hear “Surprise!,” and then we will look … and see. And you will change the world.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!