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Meta-awareness is the simultaneous awareness of your focus in the present moment and of the limits of that focus.

It allows us to more fully understand where we sit within the situation. It is the firefighter’s consciousness of where his attention is directed in the moment, which, in turn, enables an awareness of what he might be missing.


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Becoming Aware Of Your Awareness

Becoming Aware Of Your Awareness

We know we can become aware of where our mind is, but oftentimes it’s triggered by some external thing, like taking the wrong exit off the freeway and realizing, ‘Oh my gosh, my mind was totally somewhere else.’ What we want to do is elicit that checking-in quality in our minds with more...


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The Non-Action Approach

The Non-Action Approach

Like many mindfulness exercises, the River of Thought feels at odds with the decisive, action-driven orientation often ascribed to great leaders, but that is the whole point.

It allows us to take a very different stance toward our experience. It’s very rare that we experience something as n...


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The Bottom Line

Watching your mind wander without engaging is easier said than done. But learning to be more conscious of where you are directing your attention—and ensuring that wherever you are focused in a particular moment is the right place to be—seems well worth the effort.

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Too Much Focus On The Goal

Too Much Focus On The Goal

An overly intense focus on a goal can lead to what cognitive psychologists call goal neglect. That may seem counterintuitive to the average goal-oriented MBA or entrepreneur, but take, for example, the dynamic at work in micromanagement.

Often, when leaders micromanage employees, an i...


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The Three Ways Of Focus Direction

The Three Ways Of Focus Direction

Where you direct your focus is a function of the brain’s attention system. This system has three subsystems:

  • The flashlight (or orienting system), which enables you to selectively direct and concentrate your attention;
  • The floodlight (or al...


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The River of Thought

The River of Thought

Imagine sitting on a riverbank on a big boulder that’s sturdy and stable, and watching the contents of your conscious experience flow by as if it were the water itself. You’re not going to go chase every leaf or every fish or whatever you see flowing down the river; you’re going to watch it p...


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Meta-attention is a dynamic process, an internal algorithm that handles our attention, it’s knowledge and awareness.

It is an awareness of the spotlight that we are shining on the object of our attention while being in control of where the spotlight is mov...

Focus on the Present Moment

Focus on the Present Moment

Cultivate mindfulness by being fully present in the moment, letting go of past and future concerns. This heightened awareness allows you to concentrate on your creative tasks, fostering a clearer and more innovative mindset.

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  • Change self-limiting vocabulary like "have to" to "choose to."

34. Program your biocomputer

  • Control what information you take in. Garbage in, garbage out.

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