The Importance of the Drishti in Business

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In yoga a Drishti is a focused gaze. You set your vision on something solid and stable in front of you, and, in so doing, are able to maintain your balance much more effectively than if your gaze is not focused; looking from thing to thing.

It’s amazing how effective this is. A pose that is almost impossible to hold while your vision is unfocused becomes do-able when you focus on something stable in front of you.

This is true in business too, of course.

I can’t recall any time in my business career when there wasn’t a swirling miasma of distraction around me; pulling at my focus and intention.

Whatever these things are that distract us they add no value with respect to our ability to keep our focus on the defined objective.

It’s incredibly easy to allow our business gaze to follow whatever shiny distraction enters our peripheral vision — the latest technological “tool” or management “approach” or simply the steady stream of “information.” Knowing when and how to ignore these distractions, and stay centered on the goal is everything.

For me, it’s helpful to think of my Drishti as my “Purpose.” I ask why I bothered to dive into this job/project in the first place. Then I strip away all of the things that are distracting me from moving that purpose forward. What I’m left with is my Drishti, and this is what I try to focus on. Doing so keeps me more balanced.

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