Play Ball. It’s All About Focus.
Did you watch the video “The Ball and The Dog”? This is my dog, Rocky Road. I simply can’t resist a fun-loving, ball-crazy dog. It may seem silly, but I simply can’t. When I see this smile I know it’s time to play ball. It doesn’t matter what else is going on, it’s all about the energy and the persistent focus of this crazy critter.
It’s not just because Rocky is so adorable – it’s mostly because he is so persistent. He nudges me and drops the ball at my feet until he has my undivided attention. He has laser focus on achieving his goal. Getting the ball that I am about to throw.
Did you get that? He’s looking for the ball, before I throw it. Rocky knows what he wants. He’s just waiting to go get it. He’s patient, but he doesn’t take his eyes off of the goal. He’ll give up food before he’ll give up play. He knows what he wants and he’s so patient. He’s not easily distracted from his task at hand. It’s how he derives his energy for life. Playing ball is his favorite thing in life. Tennis ball. Basketball. Golf ball. Any ball will do. In the end, he gets what he wants… me, throwing the ball. me, playing with him. Simple. Direct. Achieved.
I often wish I had the determination that Rocky has for his ball. It’s not often that I have that much laser focus. I find it’s so easy to get distracted in the sidelines of life. Business can get wrapped up in busywork – rather than work that matters. I think applying laser focus to goal setting and goal achieving is an art as much as a science.
It’s also life and work balance.
Tons of books address the issues of goal setting and goal achieving. Steven Covey and Zig Ziglar are great examples of goal setting in sales and in life. Having the persistence to carry these out are admirable qualities.
And, how we go about “playing ball” in life and in business can determine much of our success and how we impact other people. Play ball and do it with focus.