The Magnifying Glass

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“You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.”

~Mark Twain

When I was a young child growing up in Africa where it is almost always sunny, I discovered a valuable lesson with my magnifying glass

I learned that a magnifying glass can start a fire. One has to hold it at such a distance that the sun’s rays through it are focused in one place. The intensity of the point of focus can set a piece of paper or a small twig on fire

This is symbolic of how we decide to place our focus. For example, to be really good at something, we are told it will take a minimum of 10,000 hours. If you want your tennis game to get better or that golf ball to go straight down the fairway, you will need 10,000 hours of practise. However one must stay focused at all times. Be consistent.

If you do one thing well but only for a short while, you will never start that intense fire. There will be no sparks. Life will remain dull and frustrating. It will be like moving the magnifying glass back and forth all the time

Consistency is the key. I see how inconsistency is the number one reason for overweight people to stay that way—they may lose weight but only for a season. It is as if they keep a magnifying glass at the critical distance needed to start a fire…….but not for long enough.

Know what area in your life needs more consistency at this time and use the Sunday Huddle to get started. Perhaps even consider keeping a magnifying glass on your desk as a reminder to stay focused consistently if you want to life by example every day.

And as Mark Twain said, keep your imagination in focus.

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2011-02-11T04:05:30+00:00 February 11th, 2011|Inspirational|

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