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Surfing the Wave of Relevance

Posted by on March 28th, 2013 with 0 Comments

I’m currently hanging out in Half Moon Bay, reading “Making Mavericks” by local surfing legend Frosty Hesson. The book is Hesson’s memoir of growing up and surfing in Northern California.

It’s clear that Hesson is a thoughtful coach and an extremely reflective learner. He shares countless lessons in the book, including this one about focus:

There’s a focal point. There’s something that you’re actually supposed to be doing. If you get distracted for whatever reason, if you lose focus, then you’re not going to be successful.
– Frosty Hesson, Making Mavericks

In the SMART acronym, this is Relevance.
SMART as hell goals, actions, and decisions must separate the relevant from the irrelevant.

Frosty Hesson learned this lesson in water polo, where he would try to distract his opponent and ‘throw them off their game’.

It was absolutely amazing to see how easily people could be distracted, as well as how a focused and goal-oriented person is very difficult to get off-task.
– Frosty Hesson, Making Mavericks

Unfortunately, it doesn’t often require someone else to take us off-task.
Most of the time, we do it to ourselves.

When we distract ourselves, or allow others to distract us, we miss the wave we’re looking for.

What is your plan for finding and maintaining focus?
What is your plan for fending off distractions?
What is your plan for catching your wave when it arrives?

SMART as Hell Exercise:

  1. List: your current goals.
  2. Also list: the distractions you or others create that limit your focus.
  3. Recognize: distractions will inevitably occur
  4. Ask: how can I re-double my focus during those times?
  5. Identify: Three focusing strategies.
  6. Watch: “Chasing Mavericks” or read “Making Mavericks” to gain more surfing insights to goals and goal accomplishment.

Share your comments, questions, and insights below.

 

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