The human eye has an amazing ability to shift its focus from far in the distance to right in front of us in an instant. Touch screens use “Pinch to Zoom” to shift the focus of a picture, document, or webpage in and out using two fingers.
Whether we focus on the eye or touch screens, the ability to shift your focus is paramount to having an impact on anything.
Repeat these three steps continuously to have successful impact:
Start with a distant focus
In leadership we often talk about setting a vision. Vision is where you paint the picture of success that allows you to build the plan to achieve it.
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Zoom in to a near focus
If you want to impact the world, start with impacting your company. If you want to impact your company, start with impacting your team. If you want to impact your team, start with impacting one individual.
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney
Expand back to the distant focus
Once we get involved in the day to day plans it’s easy to forget why we are doing what we do. The road to success is often long and winding. Unless you expand your focus once in a while you won’t know if you are still on track.
“Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.” – Mario Andretti