We often think that greatness is a synonym for brilliance. That great leadership is all about magnetism and communication. For which we need vision and boldness, allies and luck. And of course, to be successful in any field, but particularly in leadership, all of those things are true. But we also need something far simpler that is yet even rarer.
We need the ability to focus, to lock in, to do what has been termed “deep work.”
As one of Churchill’s political contemporaries would observe of that great man, “concentration was one of the keys to his character. It was not always obvious, but he never really thought of anything else but the job in hand.”
Indeed, this is something all great leaders and artists, and thinkers have shared. When so much is being thrown at you, when it is so much you could be thinking about or doing, the strength to tune it out and do the one thing that must be done is essential. To give everything you have to the task at hand? What other hope does one have to solve tough or difficult problems? And if you aren’t doing it, who do you think will be doing it for you? The answer is no one.
The Apostle Paul will tell us in Philippians 4:8 where our focus should be on all things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
It all turns on that. Today and every day, for every task and job, big or small.
Focus on the good. Concentrate only on what is worthy of your time and effort. Let anything else go and you will feel how you free yourself from unnecessary luggage while your soul enjoys what makes it richer keeping a healthy leadership.
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