Before I start, I know it has been a while since I last posted anything. I do apologize for this. I have spending the majority of my time for the last couple of months creating my chess coaching course.

Through it all, there were numerous setbacks in creating the sales page, and finally, everything is now ready!

Introduction:

The question of focus is an interesting one. What is focus? Let’s take my definition versus the Merriam-Webster dictionary. My definition of focus is one where you can look at something in front of you for a set period of time (depending on what that is) without being consumed by other distractions trying to break your concentration. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, focus is “a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding”. A rather very simplified way of looking at things. Now how does this relate to chess?

The Beginning Stages:

We start a chess game and then from what it seems, me and my opponent are starting from nothing. We then have to make a series of moves in order to get past the opening of the game and into the middle game. But where does the power of focus come in? Focus is part of attention and as a chess player, we need to pay attention to the moves we make if we want to achieve certain opening variations and not make blunders that can get us in trouble! If we go back to the simplifed version of focus by Merriam Webster, then we need a clear perception and plan for where we want to go. If we have that clear perception, then we will know what kind of plan we have to attack the opponent’s king and ultimately win the game!

Consequences of Focus Lost:

When we lose focus, many things happen. Focus and attention are used interchangably here. We make positional mistakes, we can lose pieces (I can’t tell you how many times I have lost queens and rooks due to me not being focused and distracted) or our position has reached a point such that it is hopeless for us to win and then we end up resigning handing victory to the opponent? How does this affect us in our everyday life?

  1. Focus allows us to keep our composure when we are in stressful situations
  2. Focus prevents us from making rash decisions and tells us why we are doing what we are doing
  3. Focus allows us to accomplish tasks that need to be completed in less time thereby increasing our personal productivity
  4. Focus prevents us from giving up prematurely and giving us the power of belief, perseverance, and overcoming adversity

Conclusion:

We live in a distracted world. We have so many events, notifications, and tasks that clamor for our attention that we have forgotten what it means to be focused and complete what is the most important thing on our to-do list. Chess helps us regain our focus because the position we have in front of us requires precision and very precise thinking. If we can’t focus on the chess position in front of us, then we run the risk of making careless mistakes that can cost us the game! If we can focus on the chess position in front of us at the present moment, then we can increase our focus to so many other areas of our life. These can include being a better driver, allocating our time efficiently to our most pressing priorities, and not being a quitter. I would argue that not being a quitter is the most important one because too often, we are so close to victory only to resign in defeat! Don’t let this happen to you. I hope you enjoyed this post and you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to answer!

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