It’s All About Focus

I was thinking the other night about something a long time mentor shared with me a while back.

On a long hike, he stressed the importance of improving only one skill at a time when working with people. I was surprised by his advice, having expected a larger lesson about dedication or resilience, but that was what he chose to share.

I’ve worked in a lot of different roles since then, and I think I understand the advice more than I did back then.

The Importance of Latency

People take months to embody a change, and often their behavior swings wildly as they experiment with new tools. When more than one dimension is in flux it is nearly impossible to determine if the trajectory is improving or declining.

If we split our practice between two areas, even if we bring the same level of focus to both, the effectiveness of our practice is significantly impacted.