Learn to Control Your Focus
In Information Technology, there can be a lot to worry about from one day to the next. Learning how to control your focus will largely determine how you and your colleagues view your success. Positive focus and outlook will serve you in ways you can't begin to imagine.
"That’s been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
~ Steve Jobs
The Full Scoop
How are things going? This is a question we probably are all asked on a near daily basis. We have a habit of answering these "how are ya?" questions in the most nondescript of ways. For example, I recall asking a client of ours once how things were going, the answer - a somewhat exhausted, "do you really want to know?" ... "that bad, huh?"
Let's be honest, things don't always go well. Significantly, all of our businesses are so deeply tied into technology that it is easy to come to the realization that in many ways we are all running technology companies. And well technology doesn't always work in the ways we would like; there are good days and there are bad days.
Being able to control your focus and outlook for the future is crucial. From pandemics to malware attacks of all varieties, staying focused and positive is a skill we all need to develop. There is a lot that can veer you off course on your hike up the mountain to fame and fortune; or sometimes, just a simple desire for some peace and serenity!!
Notably, a mentor of mine once said, "Stay concentrated on the right things - you will feel and become what you are focused on." If you're worried about what could go wrong, you will feel and respond to events as if something really is. Fix what needs fixing and stay focused on the positive. Focus on all that is going right, and fix the rest in the process.
Within Information Technology, we have to stay focused on the positive and all the good our team members are accomplishing. As we do, we have found that things always have a way of working themselves out. I have always loved this quote by the Dalai Lama; “If a problem is fixable if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
Report to your IT department or support group what is not working, it's hard to fix what you don't know is broken. Let us know how we can help too. As you surround yourself with positive team members and focus on the right things, you will move mountains.