Drivers will tell you that it’s easier and safer to drive or navigate on a marked road than on an unmarked one. Road signs may be viewed as ‘assistant’ drivers because, as long as you are a proficient driver they can ‘speak’ to you and you can respond accordingly.
Nothing is as frustrating, boring and tiring as driving on an unmarked road at night and in chilly weather. It gets nearly punitive when you are also unfamiliar with the road. Personally, I detest driving at night and thus plan my itineraries to ensure that I am on familiar and fairly safe grounds by night fall.
When the roads are clearly marked they help one to stay on course and not veer off thus putting into risk one’s life and that of other road users. Many lives have been lost from accidents caused by an unmarked roads. Markings restrict and guide your actions to within safe limits making it easier to achieve the desired results much more conveniently. Marking helps to maintain focus.
Is it the same reason that horses wear blinders?
Horse blinders are small squares of firm leather that attach to the bridle at the side of the horse’s head. A critical factor in a horse’s ability to win a race, is the ability to keep its eyes consistently straight ahead. But this is not easy because horses have their eyes at the sides of their heads, meaning that they have peripheral vision, which means they can end up running off course unless they are made to remain focused.
Horses do not wear blinders all the time but only when they are engaged in a task that demands acute focus like racing. In a horse race the odds can run into hundreds of millions of dollars or shillings. The competition is intense and a loss of concentration even by a second can be disastrous. It is said that if a horse is distracted for only one second it will take another 23 seconds to go back to concentration meaning a cumulative distraction of 24 seconds. This may reduce its momentum by as much as 7%. If the distraction happens twice or thrice, it is almost certain that the horse may not be in the winning bracket.
In life, you can’t fully focus on something unless you have deliberately set it as a goal. Goals help you to focus on things that matter and avoid things that don’t – keeping the main thing the main thing. You need to frequently keep asking yourself these questions;
- What is my main thing in life?
- What is my main thing in employment?
- What is my main thing as a parent?
- What is my main thing as a leader?
You can only concentrate and channel your efforts productively on something you are purposeful and specific about. When your daily efforts are not aimed at something pre-planned, they end up being scattered and wasted on meaningless activities.
If you don’t deliberately anticipate the way you want your life to be – health, attitude, family, relations, finance, career – next week, next month, next year – then your subconscious mind will duplicate your presently dominant picture. This is one of the commonest causes of career and life stagnation.
If you take a concave lens and focus the sun’s rays on it, the concentrated rays create such intense heat that you can actually light a fire. But when the rays are not focused they only produce the normal warmth. What does your mind focus on most frequently? Is it really the main thing for career success and life fulfilment?
Would you say you are totally satisfied with your current salary or career achievements? If not, who do you think is to blame? Is it your level of education, your boss, employer, economy, your past or you are not even sure?
The truth is that only one person is responsible for who you are today and who you can be tomorrow. That person is YOU. You are the major key to your greater future and nobody can stop you if you are determined. Nobody else can change your destiny except you. But for things to change you must have a very clear picture of what you want them to change to. Where there is no clarity there is no focus and where there is no focus there is no growth.
Something else that keeps killing your growth is the feeling of being a captive of where you are. The first step towards change and growth is taken when you refuse to be a captive of your current environment. Yet, most of the times we think that we are made captives by our physical or external environment. The truth is that the only environment that can hold us captive and limit our progress is our mind – our daily attitudes.
When you change your thinking and stop blaming other factors outside yourself, you will realize that the only enemy that you need to conquer to be the person you have always desired to be is YOU. This is the first step toward rebranding yourself- Rebranding Your Mind.