April 25, 2017 Elijah Ogidi-Olu 0 Comments

Reading through the story of Mark Pollock, just made me remember that there was something I almost forgot I was going to share here and let me use this medium to apologise for going AWOL for such a long while. Back to the story, Google is your friend if you don’t know who Mark Pollock is. (Lol!). 

Did you watch last year's Paralympics? I can say I’ve never really paid much attention to the Paralympics sports like I did the last one, last year. For some reason beyond me, I got almost as fascinated to the Paralympics as the Olympics. You just sometimes have to admire these ‘special’ athletes and how much work they’ve put into competing at such level. Oh… and yes, Nigeria had more medals in at the last Paralympics than the only medal we won at the Olympics *shade* (Lol!)

The thing that struck me most about the Paralympics is the sight of the blind athletes. ‘sight of the blind athletes?’ (that’s no typo). Let me explain – The 100 meters, 200 meters and general track and fields was a sight to behold. Of course, you could easily detect that there was something about the athletes but how exactly does a blind runner dips his head forward at the finish line of a race? If you think I’m kidding, check out any Paralympics race on YouTube. Only one answer does it for me – PRACTICE.

The same way as you’ll jog up a flight of stairs in the dark in your house, the same flight of stairs that would require a visitor to use both hands and feet to climb is the same way those guys automatically know where the finish line is. They’ve practiced over and over till their disability turned to ‘this-ability’ (the Paralympics theme). What are your own weaknesses? How many times have you allowed distractions stop you from working on these weaknesses? If you can work and groom that particular ‘disability’, you’ll eventually over time, turn it to a ‘this-ability’.

By reading the in-depth stories of some famous inventors, I’ve realized that you are impermissible to distractions when your focus is top notch. Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, is partially deaf; a condition he developed since about 11 years old, and died with. When asked about why he didn’t seek medical aid (after all, he could very well afford it), he said he had not thought about seeking a cure to it, since he enjoyed it. “Being deaf allows me to fully focus on my research” he replied.
Maximum concentration can never be attained when distractions are present.

Let’s check around us for side attractions because when you hear the word ‘side attractions’ just immediately understand that it’s a fancy word for ‘distractions’. You can’t afford to divert your focus, thoughts and energy from your goals to ‘side attractions’. They don’t only have the potential of making you end up with much less than you deserve, they have the potential of making you end up with nothing – don’t forget the saying about the rolling stone.

While distractions create a disability, Focus creates a ‘this-ability’.

Focus makes you blind – you become blind to distractions and become unable to compromise. Focus makes you deaf – you become deaf to the side talks and negative words of discouragement around you.

Focus paralyses you – you become unable to willingly move in the direction of an alternative path – inability to compromise.

Focus makes you numb – you become numb to the pain, the setbacks, the challenges, the sweat and the many hours of practice and sacrifice.

I could go on and on but I’ll just say, without Focus, you can’t ever be really good at anything. Focus is an amplifier – the more you focus on something (practice), the more the chances of you being the master of that thing. When focus is present, it is not over until your desired outcome is reached; hence failure is never an option.

The importance of the ‘this-ability’ of FOCUS cannot be over-emphasized. You know when your mind is out of focus, even your eyes would deceive you.

Have a nice day.


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