Part 1: Cat-Like Focus
Updated: Apr 12, 2020
This blog post is part of a series of three which will be shared over the next three days.
With each new day comes new opportunity…so they say, though this season makes it feel less likely. There is one bright star though. We can take one step at a time towards resilience. We can move with precision and focus like a cat when we are ready to take the next step. If you’ve never watched a cat jump up more than three times its height, I can easily describe what it looks like and you will see what I mean.
First, there’s the positioning movement – hunkering down, shifting each back leg up and down slightly, working their muscles and moving the torso from left to right. Then, there’s the eye on the destination, focused and clear. Next, is the push down then quick thrust upward into the air and finally, the landing….right on target.
Let’s break this down in terms of approaching and gaining resiliency.
First, we need to position ourselves so we are aligned with success. That means, we need to get our mind/muscle ready and right for this journey. Every great athlete has a warm-up routine and many use visualization to get their mind right and focused towards success. In the book, Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life, by Jason Selk, Tom Bartow, Matthew Rudy the authors discuss how to visualize success and how you talk to yourself. They highlight that your “self-talk” impacts your self-confidence and potential for achievement. Over time, if you consistently internalize negative self-talk you will begin to believe it. In reality, if you say to yourself you are miserable, a loser and can’t do anything right, you will find you self-sabotage. You will make more and more mistakes.
What you focus on and think about yourself encompasses you, how you work, make decisions and act. If you want to enhance your self-image you will talk to yourself about what you do well and you will concentrate on solutions instead of problems. If you can learn to visualize what you want to happen and all the success that comes with it, you are in essence preparing your mind and body to do it. To be successful, you have to prepare and believe you will find success.
Positive thinking, focusing on solutions are essential. For more details on visualization and other ways to organize you day for success, definitely check out the book!