The holiday rush is on. The next few weeks will be fast-paced and filled with lights that are twinkling, songs caroling, and stores that are jam-packed. As with every other day of our life, where we look will determine what we experience along the way.
I remember a friend describing the experience of learning to surf for the first time. He detailed the way the instructor taught the students to pop up on the board before they even left the sand.
“There is one main thing you all need to know first in order to learn to surf,” the instructor began. “Where you look is where you go!”
As soon as you pop up on your surfboard in the water, where you look is where you go. If you look down at the water out of fear, that’s exactly where you’re going. If your eyes look to your footing, you stumble.
The first thing you have to do is to put your eyes on where you want to go—the shoreline. Let your eyes steer where you go. It’s a practice of focus, or attention, of vision.
We’ve never lived in a faster and more scattered time than we do today. Our eyes can be tricked into looking in so many different directions we become totally disoriented.
Like yours, my life is fast, full, wonderful, and complicated at times. I’m certainly not perfect. I have my own doubts, fears, failures, worries, and hang-ups.
I have fairly clear vision of what success is supposed to look like in my career and as a father, husband, friend, and leader. There is a lot that I want to experience, accomplish, give, learn, try, and be. Every day I wake up with all of these desires converging and am left trying to decide how to spend my day.
In these moments, I need to take the time to remember what is most important in my life. I need to remember the purpose for how I choose to spend my time and efforts. I need to intentionally, clearly, and actively step back to move forward.
ReMembering is looking at myself in the mirror, taking stock of my life, and in the present moment deciding what to give my attention, focus, mind, and heart to.
In the midst of a distracting world, we need to remember where we want to focus our eyes.
Because where you look is where you go.
I hope you’re able to give your focus this holiday season to the things that matter most in your life and career. What you give your eyes to toward the end of this year will guide you intentionally into the new year.
Jason Barger is the globally celebrated author of Step Back from the Baggage Claim, ReMember, and the newly released book Thermostat Cultures, as well as a coveted keynote speaker and leadership consultant. More importantly, he’s striving to be an above average father, husband, and friend.
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