Learn to Focus – 3 Things My Dog Taught Me About Focus


One thing that I’ve learned over the years, is that our teachers come in many shapes, sizes and forms. Just recently I was feeding my dog some watermelon when I realized that she  Can dogs eat watermelon was teaching me something that I needed to know about focusing and productivity.

My dog taught me 3 things about focusing that I feel compelled to share with you here.

Keep your eye on the prize When I was offering her some watermelon, despite the other distractions in the house, my dog kept her eyes firmly on the watermelon slice that I had in my hand. She never wavered in her attention. She knew what she wanted and she knew how to let me know what she wanted.

Don’t be afraid to go after what you want I’m guilty of this. I’m learning more and more about why it is that I back away from pursuing my goals. It’s a process of ongoing improvement. My dog, does not hesitate. No amount of “don’t beg” will keep her away from coming up to me and begging for some watermelon or whatever it is that I happen to be eating.

Savor getting what you want This one may be a little harder to accomplish, and no, I’m not a dog expert, but I can tell you that when she gets her piece of watermelon, she enjoys it. She savors the sweet taste of the watermelon and when she’s done eating that piece, she goes back to step 1 and tries to get another piece.

Bonus Step: Perseverance is key. The old saying “If you don’t succeed, try and try again” rings true to me from watching my dog. She was determined and of single mind and focus. I don’t know if dogs can think or not, what I do know is that she was determined to get some watermelon and nothing was going to get in her way.

I think that a lot of times we get distracted and lose sight of our original goal. We talk ourselves into believing that we can try for some “watermelon” or whatever our goal is another day but then we never try. It’s easier for us to deal with not trying than it is for us to deal with failing to achieve our goals.

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