Imagine Being On Your Deathbed And Evaluating How Much Attention You Gave To Yourself And Others
I see attention as a core competence of the 21st century and believe we can use our potential to pay attention for building better lives and businesses.
A bird’s eye view on your life
We easily take attention for granted. It is somehow there.
We like to get distracted and if somebody or something wants our attention, we grant it. We consider it an infinite source.
It’s not! It is very much limited which makes it so valuable. And if we consciously use our attention, it’s actually very arduous.
Now, imagine you are at the end of your life and evaluate how much conscious attention you have given to which people and things along the way?
How do you feel about the time you spent with your loved ones?
Don’t measure time in numbers, but the time you were present in the moment and consciously with them?
What makes you rather feel satisfied and fulfilled: having given your attention to your customers and employees and really listen and be respectful to gain their trust or having paid your attention to your stakeholders to increase their profit?
How can we live and work with conscious attention?
To flourish and strive, we want to master our attention. And that’s a big challenge.
Ask yourself tough questions
How can you get better in paying attention?
Here are 3 tools for a starter:
Ask yourself: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
None of us is just one or the other. But if you make the effort to reflect and become aware of the characteristics of the two types, you can better understand how to take advantage of your attention potential.
Understanding that being a good listener, thinking before speaking, noticing things that may escape others are typical traits of an introvert, helps me to work on my ability to pay attention and dig into my…