Focus, Decision, Drive – and GOCUS

I’ve been dragging my feet all summer on setting up an advisory committee for the Leadership Nature Center (LNC). The purpose of the group is to guide me in the launch and ongoing programs of the LNC.

LNC was inspired in part by my volunteer work with Tree Stewards, where we’re teaching practical skills and also teaching leadership to program enrollees, and my Green Leader leadership development work with Waterford. The vision is outdoor learning experiences that build knowledge of nature and individual and team leadership skills. It’s environmental education + leadership development.

Leadership Nature Walk in San Diego. Beth with a Six Seconds colleague at the recent EQ CON at the San Diego Marina. She led two Leadership Nature Walks as part of the conference, with lessons from nature that connected to themes of leadership, along the Marina boardwalk (at right), complete with seals barking from the pier in the harbor during both walks.

And it seems to be a model that works well – for example, our Leadership Tree Walks and Leadership Nature Walks have gotten rave reviews from participants.

So why haven’t I been able to get off the dime and get my LNC advisory committee meeting set up?

I have the vision -- and as you can see below :)

What I’ve lacked is the plan to follow through – and I decided to use a combination of the work of Olympian Dr. Jeff Spencer (via Mindvalley) and the elements of focus, decisions, and drive from Six Seconds’s Brain Brief Profile to help me work through it.


The first continua on the Six Seconds Brain Brief Profile shows Focus – the kind of data we are naturally drawn to. See my most recent Brain Brief Profile report below.

Beth’s Brain Brief Profile. This report is a snapshot in time of the preferences Beth’s brain has for using various kinds of data. “My preferences can change over time based on what’s going on in my life and what skills and competencies I’m applying,” she said. (Read more about the difference between emotional intelligence, Myers-Briggs, and DiSC assessments.)

Rationally, I’m getting into gear and that feels great, because I’m pulled by my vision (my emotional side, and also my tendencies towards innovation and idealism). As part of my rational emphasis, I’ve learned about Spencer’s 10-step Goal Achievement Roadmap and am using it to set me up for success.

In light of that, I’ve worked on establishing a clarity around what Spencer calls the RIGHT goals for LNC – goals that are Relevant, Indicator-based, have Gravity, Hype (“a goal based on a certain degree of elevation and value”), and Time-based.

Spencer also talks about the concept of GOCUS as part of goal achievement, and why clarity is essential:

When we combine hyper focus to get the tasks in front of us in the least amount of time with the ability to see better options and remove ourselves from the risk of pending blindsides, then we have the best of all worlds. And that’s why this is always the champions first priority, this is called clarity. And the way we gain clarity in gocus is that the champions they really want the right goal and they aren’t really worried about the smart goal, but they are worried about the right goal.

Okay – I’m square with the rational side. Emotional is the other side of the Focus spectrum. How am I acknowledging – and working with – both the Rational and Emotional sides of my brain?

So. Yes. There are fears.

I made a list of those fears, and when I did that, there weren’t so many fears after all. Basically, they boiled down to two kinds:

What if I work on it and it fails?

What if I don’t have what it takes to make it a success?