I, and potentially many others, seem to have a disposition towards chasing many things at once. This is particularly prevalent in regards to fitness, I want to add 10kg to my squat PB, but I also want to get leaner and I want to start learning some gymnastics programming too. Obviously the end result is that I make very small, if any, improvements and ultimately fail to accomplish the goals. A little bit of reflection tells me that this habit leaks into the rest of my life too, I chase many things and ultimately end up simply chasing my own tail, not really moving forward in the big leaps I would like to.
This was brought home to me by a simple quote from an extract in the book ‘Flow’ which said ‘A lion can only catch one gazelle at a time, if they chase many, they catch none’. Another way of thinking about this is regularly discussed by Tim Ferriss – ‘you can push an inch in a thousand different directions or a mile in one’. In other words – focus your energies into a limited number of meaningful, distant, directions as opposed to firing it into many tiny pieces that go nowhere far.
Hopefully this was a lightbulb moment for you as it was for me. I challenge you now to take a step back and reflect. Consider the directions into which you are projecting your energies. Are these the directions you want to be moving in? How can you reallocate?
If you, like me, need some re-directing then I can recommend a simple practice for this: start each day by writing down the direction you want to move in. This basic act will help orientate your day and prevent your energies being pulled off course.