Flexible but focused will

I’m currently musing on achieving the important. In the last post, we considered the role of imagination in the pursuit and accomplishment of dreams. The question now is, As I pursue what is important, I will always be distracted because that’s just life. So, how do I determine when the distraction is important enough to postpone the important daily work I do on that which is significant?

Bernard Shaw’s quote, in the preceding post, gives us a clue. Shaw speaks of imagination leading to "will" and will then leading to action. One of the critical components of dream accomplishment is the ability to focus the will like a laser. The more focused my will, the more I can determine what to do with a distraction.

If I’m intent on accomplishing my critical daily actions and a distraction pops up that truly needs my attention (one that if I let it slide will cost me dearly), I am able to deal with the distraction fast and get back to the needed actions. The will to achieve what matters most, gives me the ability to adapt and deal with the distraction and get back to that which moves my purpose along.

If the distraction is not important and should be ignored (in any given moment), my will gives me the strength to avoid the temptation to "diddle around" in the distraction and waste time.

So: The more focused my will, the more time I have to donate to what moves me along and, when necessary, what would keep me from moving along.

more to come…

2008-07-01T18:01:27-04:00

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