Just as the heading says, if you focus too closely on the aspects closest to you in your business, then you are setting yourself up for a much greater chance at colliding with unwanted obstacles. It is our ability to utilise our peripheral vision for the tasks closest to us whilst maintaining our focus on the direction further ahead of us that will lead to the most amount of success.
Managing and leading a business is not much different to driving a car. There are constant challenges, seemingly unlimited challenges that require decisive and immediate action and although over the years we gain experience and a better ability to predict what is going to confront us, there are always immediate threats that will come into our path and require urgent pivots to avoid collisions.
As all experienced drivers know, when confronted with an obstacle that requires an immediate directional change in the vehicle you are steering, the best way to avoid a collision is to maintain your focus further ahead to where you are wanting the car to go, rather than the immediate focus of avoiding the obstacle. Having a narrow focus on the obstacle you are wanting to avoid, e.g., you come around a corner and there is a bus stuck in the middle of the road. By focusing on the bus itself you only significantly increase the chance of crushing into the bus. Now this isn’t just my theory but is strongly supported by massive amounts of scientific evidence and if you go into any advanced or sa
fe driving courses, the principle of looking beyond the obstacle and further ahead to where you’re wanting the car to go is the way you get taught.
Steering a business and steering a car have the same parallels in regards to this analogy. When you’re approaching an obstacle or significant challenge in business that requires immediate action to avoid impact, the best way is to ensure you maintain sharp focus on the long term outcome of where you’re wanting the business to move itself to and simply enable your peripheral vision to navigate itself around the object. It is this ability to use your peripheral vision and in the business wo
rld, your peripheral experience, knowledge and understanding to best navigate the challenge in front of you and ensure your business moves in the correct path to a destination you require.
A word of warning. As we are talking about your focus and where your direct attention and peripheral vision lies, I must ensure that I remind you to never close your eyes and allow your direction and outcome to be chosen for you. Regardless of how dire the situation may seem, or how tricky it is, always maintain focus on where you’re wanting to go and not on the potential impact. This is a skill that is learnt and harnessed over time.
Stay relaxed and trust your judgement. Don’t direct your primary focus on the distractions and obstacles in front of you but train yourself to look past and beyond to where you must end up. It is for this exact reason that ensuring your long term focus on the destination of your choosing will ensure you best navigate the many difficulties thrown at you in the business world.