Why do we miss obvious signs and signals when we are observing things – even though afterwards it seems so obvious what we missed when it’s pointed out to us?
This has perplexed scientists for many years. Eyewitnesses to crimes or accidents often have widely different recalls of the events, missing significant obvious details – sex, race, age – even when it’s very obvious?
The challenge is because we are trying to pick up so much, we miss the simple stuff. The more active your mind is and the wider your attention focus, the more likely you are to miss small details.
In business they say that if you have a strategy with just 3 objectives you stand a chance of achieving all three, if you have 4 – 10 objectives you will succeed in 1 -2, if you have more than 10 you will succeed in none of them. This is the law of diminishing returns.
It’s the same when trying to get too many things done at the same time. We miss things or make simple mistakes. Its actually faster and more efficient to focus on 1 or 2 things and get them done and out of the way rather than trying to do several things at the same time.
This is why in my new book Ten Minute Tactics, when we talk about how many tactic goals you should set at one time I recommend you only focus on maximum of 2-3 in any specific subject area, so that you can narrow your focus and not miss the important details. We also talk about why multitasking has been proven not to work!
What are 2 -3 goals or objectives you would like to start working on right now to make a big improvement in your life.
We’ve all got greatness in us – we just need to commit to take the time to let it out.
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In the meantime, here’s a great video from Professor Richard Wiseman that shows how easy it is to miss these details – take a look.