I’ve spent many, many hours considering focus. It’s a concept that’s incredibly abstract and yet universally tangible. We can focus on focus itself and enter recursive infinity or we can focus on our senses and forget what focusing means in the first place. Regardless of where our focus is, it’s always happening.
Focus is a basic part of being conscious. We have an overwhelming number of inputs from our senses. Focus is what lets us be more than just a cacophonous reaction to them- it lets us choose the ones we want to interpret. For just one moment try letting yourself address them all and realize how overwhelming they really are:
Hear everything coming into your ears right now from voices to the sound of typing to cars in the street. Feel everything you feel from the clothes on your arms to your chair under you to the air coming in through your nose to the tension in your muscles. Taste your mouth and smell your coffee. Take some time to count the number of objects you can see. (I’ll give you twenty bucks if you can’t pick out at least 1,000- a crack in the wall, a floral pattern, a backpack, a zipper…)
I could go on, as many people have, but the truth is everyone can pretty easily see for themselves how much there is to our reality. Our focus is how we narrow it and intertwine ourselves with the part of it we most relate with. When we focus on an aspect of life, we both highlight it in our current environment and make choices that makes it more prominent in our future. When we’re aware of this focus, then we can really take control of the direction of our lives.
This wasn’t just an arbitrary musing for me today; we find ourselves at 7cees in need of a bit more focus in our day-to-day activity. It’s tough for us, because what we’re really trying to focus on is a process not a goal, so it’s easy to get distracted and think anything we do is part of our growth/evolution. It is, sure. Bu to become more relevant to other people we also need to have a consistent way for them to interact with us.
We’ve got a couple things up our sleeves to help us focus. One I’m most excited about is writing an open business plan. Starting this week we’ll be doing Tuesday + Thursday 8 PM EST business-plan brainstorms open to our community over a live-stream video and audio. Hopefully a more structured plan will help us keep our focus on what’s important to us: our 7 cees mission.