"A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.” — John Hendrik Clarke
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The word attention is derived from words meaning to stretch toward someone or something by directing the mind—with consideration, courtesy, and careful observation—and today it generally refers to taking notice of someone or something perceived as interesting or important.
Attention can be seen as both a behavioral and cognitive process, whereby we selectively concentrate on certain pieces of information while ignoring the rest.
When we’re not deliberate about what we focus our attention on, we disempower ourselves with an external locus of control—placing our experience of what happens at the mercy of our circumstances by default.
And yet, when we are deliberate about what we focus our attention on, we empower ourselves with an internal locus of control—placing ourselves in control of our experiences by design, regardless of what may be going on around us.
The question becomes, what are you giving your attention to and how is it shaping your experience of the world around you?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.