I recently read a blog on the Psychology Today website called Understanding Focus In Sports. The author, Jim Taylor, Ph.D discussed a concept that caught my focus. He wrote about his work with athletes and how one of the keys to success on the game field is to sharpen what he calls their focus style:
Jim has even developed a useful tool so that athletes can get more control over where their attention is focused:
I really like this concept. When we approach getting our head in the career game, we need to decide where to place our focus.
Do we need to turn our beam to do a narrow job search or do we need to widen the beam to help us think outside the box.
What are your personal strengths?
A narrow beam would be getting a deeper understanding of your own personal strengths and then identify what types of jobs are most closely matched to those strengths.
Research shows that if we have a job that allows us to utilize our top strengths everyday, then we are much happier in that job. I work with clients on a number of great assessment tools on finding your personal and career strengths.
Where are jobs that match those strengths?
A wider beam would be taking your findings and applying them to your job search for available positions. This requires you to reach out and do Google searches for keywords and job descriptions as well as networking to unearth good opportunities.The point of these exercises is to find something that says to you, “I want to do this job.”