Focus on this message.
Now turn on the TV.
And the radio.
Flip on a strobe light and a disco ball, too.
Hungry? Of course you are; have some pie.
Now you are thirsty as well.
There are two types of attention.
Endogenous: the things which you choose to give attention.
Exogenous: the things which catch your attention, in the moment.
Focusing on one thing at a time is hard enough.
Battling stimuli which demand your attention, is futile.
Focus takes preparation and intention.
Disco balls catch your attention for a reason.
Exogenous attention will override endogenous.
The buzz of a phone in your pocket stays in your mind until you check it.
Performance is contingent upon your ability to limit exogenous stimuli.
Focus is more than attention in the moment; it requires preparation.
Give your mind a chance.
Mashed potatoes, turkey, coffee, pie, repeat,