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It seems that most things come down to time management and mental focus in the right places in getting things done as quickly as possible.
Sure, if we lived lifetimes like a vampire, we could conceievably learn to master the piano, art, scultping, writing, etc. etc. But the problem is that we don't have that kind of time and all of us have exactly the same hours in the day.
But, if you team up time management and precise mental focus as allies, you can get an extraordinary amount done within the time you've been given here on earth.
There's a great movie you can rent called “Jumper”. It'll give you a great feeling of the need to compress time and mental focus to reach your destination.
It's a great sci-fi flick about the tale of an underground world of teleporters. It's director is Doug Liman who also did the blockbuster action hit, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Jumper is about a young man who has the ability to instantly teleport himself to another place in the world with the power of his mind. As he learns what his mental powers are capable of, his adventures multiply allowing him to raid bank vaults, seduce girls in London, have lunch on the pyramids, and surf in Fiji within seconds of visualzing his destination.
He soon discovers though that he is not the only one bestowed with this unique gift and that there are others who feel threatened by his unique powers and have made it their mission in life to eliminate him and others like him.
Samuel Jackson plays the part of the shadowy figure who tries to eleminate the Jumper in some really thrilling action sequences. Jumper, our hero, is beaten to a pulp several times trying to escape using his powers. But, sometimes he's just not quick enough to transport himself to a safer location.
So, herein lies today's tip. I see so many people with great ideas on mental focus and peak performance. Yet, those very people quite often can't apply it to the playing field in real life. In theory, everything sounds great. But in action, there are reasons why they fail.
You don't have a lot of time to set up a basketball shot. You don't have forever to set your mind before the pitcher throws the ball. You have barely fractions of a second to respond to an incoming soccer ball and to kick it with the right trajectory past the goalie.
In real live action sports, you don't have a lot of time to set your mind – to calmly gather your focus and thoughts. And, even more so, time is moving. Action is moving, haphazzard, and unpredictable. It's NOT waiting for you to gather your wits, mental focus, with deep breathing.
So many I see with great theories on mental focus and peak performance fail on the “battlefield” of sports performance because their mental focus is slow to actually focus. Practicing quick mental focus that encapsulates every megabite of informantion necessary for a successful “jump” is extremely important – hence time mamagement – lightning fast time management in fact on focusing.
Being able to gain and regain superior mental focus time and again is one of the paramount attributes of successful people in all endeavors. In real life, we don't always have time to take in long deep breaths to get ourselves “centered” to feel the “power of the universe” or whatever.
The world and our universe is way too busy whirring at molecule speeds to stop and wait for us to try and catch up with some slow diaphramatic breathing and mental pictures that are hazey and slow to materialize. Those practices certainly have there place. Don't get me wrong.
But being able to change your mental focus on the spot to something more precise or adapting quickly to everchanging circumstances is paramount to practice just as well.
Most of the time, you need to be able to quickly focus on successful trajectories instantaneously to adapt to the haphazard things that come your way in fast moving sports or business.
Not practicing adaptive and keen mental focus can have severe consequences of failure. But also, not being able to get fully developed mental pictures in complete focus in an instant will also add to stockpile of failures. When Jumper was attacked, he barely had time to visualize his “jump target” to make his escape. But in order to live, he had to find that split second – someplace, somehow – to see it clearly in his mind and then execute the jump with his mind to make his escape.
If you watch the movie, imagine yourself as Jumper and someone has broken into your home and begins pummeling you, throwing you accross the room, out the window, down the staircase…You're being chased. Can you gain the composure quickly enough to visualize your jump location before this person eliminates you?
Under that kind of pressure, could you perfectly visualize your escape jump in every detail in order for you to make it to that point before your demise? Can you encapsulize everything with powerful emotional content and precision within 5 seconds? Can you get that same feeling in 3 seconds or less? Or does it take you a long 20-45 seconds or several minutes to see everything with such clarity to get into the “zone”?
Cutting that time down is paramount. But sharpening that focus within that time is also just as important.
Who knows, maybe one day we'll be able to transport our bodies to other locations in an instant. It'd sure beat the airport hassles. But until that time, why not practice mentally jumping to your success quickly and seeing every detail. See Every minute detail as if you were already there seconds after launching teleportation with your mind. Pretend you don't have ages of deep breathing to get there and that you're being chased.
You only have seconds to encapsulate every detail of your jump for a successful escape. Then, transport yourself to your desired location quickly on a quick exhalation of breath. This is not creating more undue pressure. It's teaching you the reality of life. Life is fast and it's not slowing down. Within the wood and metal of your desk are whirring molecules and atoms. Why are we the ones that need so much time to center ourselves and gain superior mental focus?
Try to encapsulate all that you feel when you're perfectly centered from the perfect visualization sequence or envigorating meditation and see if you can get to that same clarity within mere seconds. Better yet, mere fractions of a second.
It IS possible to have super clarity and mental focus in fractions of a second. But it takes practice. Doing it slowly doesn't necessarily give you any advantage when high speeds predict. Practice and the belief that it's possible will get you there and will make you masterfully fast. It's time for me to jump to another location.
To Your Strength and Mastery,