Number 4 – Be Aware, Don’t Stare

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Our eyes have both center focus and peripheral vision.  We understand the priority of focus—keeping our line of sight on where we are going.

Focus isn’t a stare.  It’s a purposed gaze centered on a target.  A stare is a wide-open, fixed eye with a vacant expression.  Notice the word vacant.  The stare is the counterfeit of focus.  It has the appearance of intention but is empty, unintelligent and disinterested; like an unoccupied house without window coverings, no one is looking out.

Focus is alert and purposeful.  When we focus, our field of view is aware.  We see the far, mid and near peripheral view.  Without our peripheral view, we have tunnel vision.

Like blinders on a racehorse, tunnel vision will cause us to miss out on the view of the ride, people who come along side, and opportunities we need to experience.  Stepping into our dream is not a race; it’s a journey.

Focus allows our peripheral vision to function well. It helps us take note of opportunities, people and resource that will help us along the way.  Focus brings discernment and intuition.  We can see the possibilities that show up and even how they can serve us as we move forward in our journey.  Focus will also cause awareness to distractions and help us identify counterfeit opportunities.  Focus—looking up and out on purpose will keep us from collision.

Have you ever been driving down the road and have something off to the side, catch your attention?  In a moment, you’ve gone from keeping the car between the lines of your lane, to becoming lost in self-conversation answering a barrage of quiet, curious questions … What is that? I’ve never noticed it before. How have I driven this road everyday and not seen this?

Before you know it, eye-hand coordination is working against you as the vibration of the tires on the grooved pavement awakens you.  Whew! That was close!

Loosing your focus to the counterfeit of the stare will cause the gift of eye-hand coordination to take you where you don’t want to go.

Stepping into your dream begins a journey on a path of discovery.  Focus helps us stay the course, decipher clues, read the signs and keep our balance.  In a world that is full of distractions and a time of economic challenges, do not loose your focus.

Fight the urge to drift. Stay engaged, stay alert and be aware… don’t stare

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