Everything starts with your focus – your True North, the fire in your belly – and the clearer you are about, it the easier it will be for you to make good decisions and to stay on track. When the world tries to sidetrack you or pull you down into the tactical weeds, your focus is what sets you and those who look to you for leadership back on track.
Sometimes anxiety is the force that tries to un-focus us. Here’s what 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn had to say about that, even in the face of a terribly painful leg injury:
“I knew if I was nervous I would ski nervous and wouldn’t win anything. So, I gathered my focus and went for it.”
“I gathered my focus and went for it,” she said. That takes mindfulness, both to realize what is necessary and then to execute. Living on autopilot just won’t do, especially if you want to win the race of your life.
So, wake up – that’s the “mindfulness” part. Focus on your True North and tell those who look to you for leadership where the “N” is on the compass. Like Lindsey Vonn, gather your focus and go for it.
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