Look for the Better Option
One thing that is critical in anything that we do is that, sure we have to have a plan that you work from that serves as a generalized guideline from where you are to where you want to go, which is necessary and essential, but it isn’t rigid and carved in stone. Those things that are created. That are extraordinary. Often have a bunch of twists and turns that are unanticipated originally, but the people have given themselves enough flexibility and elbow room to be able to, number one, be able to see and be mindful of better options or tweaks that appear that can create a better product or a better outcome. Then they consider what their options are. Then they implement them so there is a continual set of course corrections. Which may deviate the plan a little, but the outcome might be exponentially better. And to do that we must find a very special state of being. Where we are focusing on the things that have to go right to advance the plan as it currently exists. With also enough flexibility to have the awareness of what is happening in our peripheral field of consciousness.
So, while we are focusing on the things that must go right to advance the current plan forward, when we have a peripheral conscious awareness that’s, often times, where better options and tweaks will show up. Many times, those things show up in the process of executing other tasks. It’s not exactly like we sit down and now we are going to think about other options. Many times, these are just gifted to us as a process of showing up and executing tasks of an existing plan. There’s a bit of a myth that hyper focus is the path forward to the kingdom of excellence. That sounds good, but that’s not always true. Because if that’s the case, then usually, the end point is only the product of what we currently can envision. It may actually be significantly limiting to us in the long run. I don’t know if anybody in this sphere of hyper formers, in my circle, that does not give themselves purposeful time and deliberate conscious awareness of being able to contemplate options and process by pulling back a little bit on hypervigilance and hyper focus. To leave a little crack in time for those things that may be better to show up.
If you find yourself getting frustrated in what you’re doing, pushing too hard, carrying continual tension forward, and feeling like you’re not getting someplace fast enough, those are all signs of a sense of excess urgency. Which, actually, obscures our ability to have this complementary conscious awareness of the periphery of where these things show up. My recommendation is that you pull back a little bit so that the pacing is a little bit less intense in terms of hyper focus and you’ll probably see that you’ll actually pick up speed. You’re going to be able to see things different. You’re going to become a lot more efficient by pulling back and opening up so that you’re consciously aware of your ability to focus on things in front of you that require immediate attention, but also have the flexibility to engage and consider better options that may show up in that peripheral field of conscious awareness.
That’s where all the great stuff shows up. That’s where the extraordinary is really created. That’s where the artist in us starts to emerge. The technician is just the technical executor of a plan that has no flexibility it’s too ridged. And that’s one of the secrets that the repeat performers no, and that’s part of the distinction that separates them from the people that have the capacity to do great things but never quite get there.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of elbow room to consider those better options that show up in our peripheral awareness consciousness.