Over the past few weeks, I've talked about strengths. Authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie put together a book called Strengths Based Leadership, which is about finding your strength and using it to maximize your skills. Through their research, they have an online tool called Strengthsfinder which is a series of questions one answers to find out what those strengths are, and have categorized them into 34 separate themes.
My first two are futuristic and ideation--these I talked about briefly before.
My third strength is Focus.
This has been both a blessing and a curse for me. Tied up with also having a strong futuristic talent, I have a tendency to focus too hard on the future and my goals, and when some day-to-day disruption rears its ugly head I may dig my heels in resist--this has both good and bad repercussions. If, in the larger scope of events, it's for the better, then I have to adjust my focus temporarily.
A real life example of this would be a month of so ago my youngest daughter got Diabetic Ketoacidosis (she was six years old, and has been a type 1 diabetic for the past few years), which required an immediate trip to the hospital in Grand Forks, ND, and also an overnight stay for treatment and observation. Now, I didn't dig my heels and prevent us from seeking treatment. But the loss of time caused me to re-plan what I was going to write--not a big deal, as my daughter's health is MUCH MORE important.
Haivng a strong focus helps at work, at my day job, because what am I usually doing during breaks and lunches: writing. I work on my novel in a large cafeteria, at a table by myself, surrounded by a few hundred people. One can easily get distracted, but I typically don't. I just focus hard on the pages and tune everything else out.
Is this something you're strong at or can be able to do, to focus?