“Blinders On”

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I’ve been on a crazy Audible kick lately, and I’m currently listening to “Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence – and How You Can, Too” by Gary Vaynerchuck. The book is full of value, but one thing stands out in my mind, and that is that I’ve found myself with a mental block I didn’t know I had. Rather, I’ve found myself FREE of a mental block I didn’t know I had!

So far in listening to Crushing It, I have heard the phrase “blinders on” twice, quoted from two different people. It took me by surprise the first time I heard it because I have always associated the idea of having blinders on as equivalent to being closed minded and unwilling to see things in a new light. I’ve always seen it as a way of describing people who refuse to learn and let their inflexibility get in the way of their progress.

So, in my mind, having blinders on was a negative thing. But there I was listening to successful entrepreneurs saying it was good! I had to rewind the audiobook a ways after that because my mind was reeling with the implications. It seems like such a simply thing to overlook!

To them, “putting blinders on” was a way of focusing intently on the work that needed to be done to the exclusion of all the extraneous things in their lives. It was their way of saying that they weren’t going to let anything get in the way of taking those steps daily to achieve the desired result.

Somehow I had connected intent focus and close-mindedness together in my mind and as a result I’ve had this weird mental block against giving all my attention to one pursuit, thinking that I needed to do many things at once. In reality, though, a goal is achieved quickly and efficiently by working on that specific thing until completion.

It seems like such a simple thing, but it was actually, strangely, a big deal.

It’s crazy how such a simple shift in perspective can demolish a mental block, especially when you aren’t even consciously aware of said mental block.

The lesson here is if we want to win we can’t do everything at once. We can’t spread our attention thin. We must fully focus on one thing at a time to the exclusion of everything else that isn’t essential.

So, not a very long post, but in my opinion it doesn’t need to be. There doesn’t need to be useless fluff just to bump up word count.

Simply, if you have a goal, focus on that until it’s accomplished. Don’t let leisure or entertainment or anything else keep you from achieving it. Keep your head down, work hard, blinders on.

This fits perfectly with my Monk Mode mindset.

Until next time,

The link above to Gary Vaynerchuck’s book is an affiliate link.

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