Are You Hunting Mice or Antelope? 

A lion’s attentive golden eyes can help us focus. Not only literally, but metaphorically. A lion is powerful and fast enough to catch and eat field mice all day. However, the lion burns more energy catching a field mouse than the field mouse provides in sustenance. The lion is best served to let the field mouse be and to focus his attention on hunting antelope. While more difficult to catch than a field mouse, the antelope provides enough nutrients for the lion and its entire pride. A lion can’t live on field mice, but it can live a long and happy life on a diet of antelope. 

 

While it’s tempting for us to do the little, easy tasks like cleaning out our email inbox, this is our version of chasing field mice. In the short run, it gives us a nice, rewarding feeling. But, in the long run, it will cause us to wither up and die. A lion that spent its day hunting and eating field mice will slowly starve to death. 

 

As previously discussed, while we want to take small steps to achieve our goals, we need to ensure these steps lead to the right thing, that they lead to antelope, not field mice. That we are achieving items that bring us fulfillment rather than ones that leave us empty and mentally starving. 

 

We need to spend this month ignoring field mice and focusing on antelope. Doing so starts with a powerful two-letter word: NO. 

 

 

If you want to read more, check out The Focus Project.

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About the Author: Erik Qualman

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 49 countries.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
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