What are you thinking about right now?
Well, if you are truly present and paying attention to what you are reading right now in this blog post, you are thinking about what I am writing.
However, once you stop reading, what slips into your mind?
At times, we think we can think and focus on several things at the same time, but that is not true. Our mind has a limited amount of operating space. The more things we try to focus on, the more cluttered our mind becomes and the slower it works.
Think about your computer or smart phone. If you have too many programs or apps running at the same time, your device becomes slower. To improve its performance, you’d close some down or even delete unused apps.
Our minds work in a similar way. If you are working on one thing, but also thinking about your responsibilities at home, your efficiency will decrease.
When I played sports, I couldn’t worry about what coach thought about my performance (I just had to play & staying in the game was my cue) or whether the crowd cheered for me. Those external elements (I can’t even call them “factors”) wouldn’t keep me from taking a line-drive or an unblocked spike to the noggin.