A Busy Bee
Development of skills to maintain focus for leadership, business, ministry, or personal growth is desperately needed. Focus is important to maintaining a specific course intended to achieve a set goal. You can be as busy as a bee. However, if you do not remain focused you will not be making honey or money. I have a lesson to share with you that I learned last summer about bees and focus.
My Wife’s Bee Pool
My wife had a pool installed last spring and before she could enjoy the water it was infested with honey bees. She is allergic to stings with some traumatic experiences when she was younger. It was kind of humorous watching the bees enjoy the pool while flopping around getting their wings wet. All Debra could do was view them at a distance wondering why she could not get in her pool. She made several calls to professionals to find out why there was a bee party at her pool. After hearing several opinions, she learned that bees will travel great distances not only for pollen, but water as well. She tried many recommended remedies to no avail and finally accepted what three of them had said. The three opinions in agreement were that the bees would leave soon and were only there because they smelled water from a new source. They finally left as it was stated. My wife was happy as she floated and flapped her wings to get them wet. She was happier and more excited than the bees were!
A Bee Lesson
Let me explain the lesson learned. We were told that the bees would not bother us if we were not a threat. You could even get in the water as long as you did not directly disturb them. This was even hard for me to understand because they were everywhere on the surface of the water and flying all around the pool. They said the bees would just move out-of-the-way, because all they wanted was water. We did not get into the water ourselves, but noticed when we were cleaning the pool and placing other items into the water they would just move around or fly off and later return.
Eventually, in about three weeks, they left. It happened to be true what we were told by three professionals. They were only focused on getting water back to the hive from a new water hole. They finally realized this new water hole was not a good source and left. The bees were so focused that nothing hindered them from flapping their wings in the water and taking water back to the hive. The only time they would lose focus was if they were directly threatened.
How many times do we allow things around us to distract us? We may have no control over these things and they may not directly affect us. However, we allow them to distract us to the point of not recognizing opportunities and not achieving our goals. Have you heard the phrase, ‘none of your business?’ Many times we involve ourselves with things that we have no business involving ourselves. It only tends to distract us from focusing on the business at hand. The results are disappointments that failures.
A Coaching Bee
A coach asks questions to direct his client inward to where the answer may already rest. Ask yourself this question. Am I fully engaged in the process of focus to reach my goal? If you are not, you will lose time that can never be recovered, not to mention opportunities that may not return to you again. Two chapters in the book ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential’ deal with the subject of focus.
The Hive Must Thrive
We all should learn from the honey bee that focus is needed for the hive or tribe to thrive. Those who follow you depend not only upon their own focus, but yours as well. How are you leading? Are you leading with unaltered focus? God has given us great lessons to learn from nature and the mentors He has placed in our lives. Focusing to develop your positive traits will increase your positive influence. As Christians, we should focus on being such godly examples that others desire a relationship with Christ. That, my friend, is the ultimate influence derived from intentional and precise focus.
We can help you with focus and with many other leader qualities. Mark your calendar to join us on August 26th for ‘A Day of Discovery.’ We will offer more details for this one-day event with multiple teleconferences as the date draws near. Just a heads up, you will need a copy of the book, ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential,’ to participate in this event. Save your receipt when you purchase the book!
By Daniel W. Evans