He said, “…and then, of course, it jams up the process if a person exhibits doubt in any form. Doubt causes hesitation. Hesitation takes up precious response time because time continues to tick and move forward, even though the person is momentarily frozen, because they are unable to make a critical decision. This inability to make a decision leaves them wide open and incredibly vulnerable for attack.”

Then he continued, “This is a major display of weakness that can be taken advantage of by those who are watching for just a moment of opportunity. It only takes a millisecond for those who would take advantage of that opening to launch a precise and deadly blow and bring down the entire project.”

His verbal instructions were stern and quite serious. He looked at the faces of his audience to make sure he had their full and undivided attention.

“Focus,” he said, “Focus is vital. You must pour every part of your being into this project. All else that is going on in your life is nothing, but a mere distraction. You must remain in the moment, here and now. Do not allow yourself to be swayed. Stay in the zone.”

Pausing for a moment he noticed a person checking their smartphone. He walked over and lightly smacked that person on the side of the head to get his attention. The person quickly put their phone back in their pocket and turned various shades of red.

“Case in point,” He continued pointing to the embarrassed smartphone user. “This person became very distracted and just left himself open to attack. He just wasted precious time that will never be recovered. It made him a weak link. It allowed me to take advantage of the situation and to get the upper hand and strike out for the attack. Now this person is in a state of embarrassment and doubt as to whether he will have enough focus to stay on track with this project. I am afraid I will have to dismiss you from this project. The door is over there. Thank you for your time.”

The smart phone user gathered himself and left the room in shame.

The speaker again looked out at his audience. They were now all focused. He had control of their attention. No one else wished to be made example of. Leaning over he tapped the first balanced domino.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Renee Stilwell Tennant
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:04:43

    What a great story to share. It definitely touches on paying attention in your own life and how respect is also a big issue. Job well done Nancy!


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