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Lions Roar : November 2012
35 SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 ADJUSTING YOUR FOCUS Particularly in stressful situations, like meeting with the boss, people tend to focus too much effort on creating results and too little on taking steps that will allow the intended results to spon- taneously arise. If you play piano fretting about what the audience thinks of the music, your notes may come out as stilted. If you paint a water- color worried about messing up a brushstroke, the finished art- work may lack soul. If you give a gift worrying about how its value will be perceived, the recipient may dismiss it as not coming from the heart. To keep from getting caught up in these hopes and fears, you must first stop focusing so much on the goal. In football, placekickers are trained to focus not on the goal but on making solid contact with the ball. They remain conscious of the goal posts, but just before they kick they keep their head down and their eyes on the ball. Target shooters are given similar advice. They focus not on the target but on lining up the sights; the target itself remains a blur beyond the sights. Likewise, even as you are conscious of your creative goal, it makes sense to place your attention on lining up the sights—taking the steps that can cause your desired results to spontaneously manifest. Think of how you feel as you are helping loved ones move for- ward in their lives. People who get excited about helping others don’t base their actions on hope or fear and are not concerned about feeling unworthy. They just feel joy and openness in doing a simple task without expectations. If you can have a similar ex- perience of openness in your professional life, you are more like- ly to land a job promotion. It’s good if you can have fun doing what you’re doing, with no expectations of becoming wealthy, yet still make money. That is what is called a creative profession. To keep from getting caught up in hopes and fears, you must first stop focusing on the goal. PHOTO©SIGRIDOLSSON/COLOURBOX