Those of you who heard my last Town Hall may recall our discussion of “White Dot Focus” vs “Black Dot Focus,” which is basically the idea that when we’re anxious, our mind is like a radar that scans and takes in everything in our environment but doesn’t know where to focus. It’s all white noise.
Whereas with relaxed focus, we can shift that focus back to the task at hand while still being aware of what’s going on and not letting it bother us.
So I wanted to use that as a jumping off point and dive a little deeper this time.
Mastering any craft, performance of any kind of task, requires focus and attention to detail. And in the midst of figuring out where to put our focus, we are bound to make mistakes.
I want to do a little exercise.
Can you read this poem as quickly as you can for me? And if you make a mistake, I want you to stop, ok?
Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed.
If you made a mistake, can you tell me why you made a mistake?
Now, try again, and if you make a mistake, don’t stop, but keep going as quickly as you can.