Let me start off by apologizing for the sports anology. I can’t help myself on this one.
Hollywood, as only Hollywood can, loves to glamorize obtaining focus by including scenes in sports movies. My favorite example is in the movie “For Love of The Game.” Kevin Costner uses the term “Clear the Mechanism” to force himself to concentrate on throwing strikes. Another favorite of mine is “Bagger Vance“. There is a scene where Bagger Vance (Will Smith) helps Randolph Junea (Matt Damon) see the golf course in a completely different way. (BTW, if you haven’t seen these movies, click on the movie names above to go to YouTube to watch these scenes.)
I don’t have a phrase that helps me, but wouldn’t that be nice. How simple would it be when you have that RFP to respond to? How about finishing off part of that to-do list that keeps getting bigger and bigger? “Clear the mechanism”…… I have said that phrase each of the three times I have rewritten this post. Doesn’t work for me.
However I do have friends who are my “Bagger Vance”. My friends each have their own point of view that helps me see a different part of the course from another perspective. My wife, Tina, helps me see the emotional side of me differently. My teammate, Jeff Dunn, helps me see the world I work in differently. My buddy, Dale Hite, acts as my sprirtual advisor and provides that perspective that only a buddy can. Senior Pastor Dave Crandall (The other 5%!) speaks to me every Sunday in the middle of our worship service, while the rest of the congregation is kind enough to sit in their seats patiently during our one-way conversation.
Focus and perspective are difficult to find on your own. In the complex world in which we live in, we each need to find and hold onto those who help us see the course differently.
Thanks for coming in today.