What does science tell us about focus?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses the scientific term “entropy” and how it relates to maintaining your focus when trying to achieve a goal.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What does science tell us about focus?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So, does science tells anything about focus? Absolutely. There is a principal in science called Entropy. It works a 100% at that time, it has no prejudice whatsoever. What it tells us is that everything goes from a state for focus of control to complete chaos, if left unattended, if left undisciplined. It doesn't take anyone at all, all that much time in order to lose focus and a very very good example is if you are driving in an automobile and all of a sudden you drop a piece of paper on the ground and you lean over into the passenger side in order to pick it up. It wouldn't take all that long for you to wind up on incoming traffic. Well, the same principle applies when it comes to running a business when it comes to running your life, that the minute you take your eye off the ball that you lose focus, that you run into oncoming traffic that you are now facing bigger obstacles, challenges or difficulties because you didn't have the ability or capacity or willingness if you will to keep your on the ball.

    Entropy is a principle exactly like gravity, it works a 100% at the time, you cannot violate it, it is going to happen,. If you get focussed you must find a way to stay focused. If you do not, you are going to lose it and when you lose it, there is going to be train wreck somewhere along the line, you are going to lose productivity, you are going to lose time, you are going to be underutilized from standpoint of your strengths and your performance is going to be marginalized, not a good thing.