henry-ford-signDo you have a split focus? As my friend Neil Cole says, “First things first. One thing at a time. Always one more thing.”

That middle concept of “one thing at a time” can be one of the most difficult for us. We live in an age of multi-tasking and constant interruption. There’s always something else we could be doing.

That mindset leaves us too scattered because there are too many goals out there, just out of reach. Maybe if we try to do more we can get more done. But it isn’t true. Trying to do too many things at once leads us to being less effective. We don’t have the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time.

When I was touring the home of Henry Ford with my wife, we saw this sign. And Janet turned to me and said, “Bob, that’s exactly your problem!” I have since become more aware of trying to focus on one thing at a time. I’m not always successful.

An old Chinese proverb goes, “An eagle that chases two rabbits goes hungry.” For he cannot catch both at once. Consider: What rabbit are you chasing? Where do you sense a split focus in your life?