How Many Rabbits Are You Chasing?

Two rabbits

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

A big part of mindfulness is training your attention focus on one thing at a time, and I thought I’d become a lot better at doing so since I’ve been practising daily. However, when I came across this proverb last week, I realised that I’ve still got a long way to go!

When I read it I thought, “I’m not chasing two rabbits. I’m chasing about ten!” Despite knowing that as a business it’s important to specialise, I’ve been seduced by wanting to cater to a wide array of potential clients’ needs and as a result, not surprisingly, I’ve felt that progress has been slow.

I’ve decided to try to focus, at least for the time being on just one rabbit: teaching lunchtime mindfulness sessions in businesses. Just making that decision felt liberating. Since then I’ve started to reduce my commitments to things that were taking me in other directions, and felt better still.  As I’ve started telling people that this is what I’m doing, I’ve also had more people offering me work, as it’s suddenly much clearer in their minds what I can actually offer them.

So I challenge you to ask yourself: how many rabbits am I chasing? Would it feel like to choose only one and stick with it? You might find your life gets a whole lot simpler.

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