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Chapter 3. Use Goals to Guide You, Not G... > Widening Your View of What You Want

Widening Your View of What You Want

Putting blinders on horses’ eyes is an example of controlling the focus—making sure that goals govern. Horses’ eyes, on the side of their heads, work well for seeing the periphery. Horses are able to see the roses on their journey, so they stop to smell them. But this distracts them from their destination, so blinders are put on to keep them focused. That is what can happen if you are governed by your goals, just like Carly.

In this same way, a zoom lens (being focused) “blinds” your vision of the periphery. And a wide-angle lens (being flexible) allows you to see more than straight ahead. Creative decision-makers, journeying to the future, must be guided by their destinations but capable of being distracted to notice the roses along the side of the road. It means using both the zoom and wide-angle lenses. Being focused and flexible is a both and more perspective.


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