Friday, September 25, 2009

Driving - What it can teach you about focus and attaining goals

Yesterday I had to attend an event which was 116Km away from my home with a colleague of mine. Throughout the journey I took the liberty to drive. I do enjoy driving. It was a pretty good driving machine as well (a 2008, Toyota Allion).

Prior to our eventual destination we had few planned stoppages to visit some of our outlets. As for the goal, yes I knew it exactly. It was about eventually reaching the destination on time. usually with typical traffic and road conditions it is a 3 hour drive up the hill. However as a driver you aim at attaining short goals. My goals were two pronged. I was keeping the main towns at the back of my mind. Knowing that with each town that I reach I was that close to my end destination.

There was another more important aspect to my driving. I was focusing on the vehicle immediately in front of me. One vehicle at a time, I started overtaking. This to me was more important than the feeling you get when you cross one of the pass by towns.

On my way back it was purely the vehicle in front. Driving in the night and when you've travelled down the same road on plenty of occasions before it makes it easy for you to focus only on the vehicle in front. I must confess during my return journey I made it a point not to look at the time. Well guess what, there was less traffic comparatively on the road and I made it home within 2 1/2 hours.

So the lesson is for those of you who find it difficult to focus on things, take the wheel and drive a little bit!


Madhu said...

This is very true.

Dominicgwg said...

When did you swap the 121 for an allion? not bad ah :)

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