At this lowest basic physical Plateau, like the Eagle in the photo, you are simply reacting to your physical environment to satisfy our NEEDS. Basic needs are like "SNOWE", which is Sleep - Nourishment - Oxygen - Water - Emotions. Having desire or want for something is different than needing something. Awareness of which Plateau you are operating on is the First Cornerstone of the Find, Maintain, and Sustain Your Focus journey beyond just satisfying your physical needs. Personal growth and improved self esteem begin at this lowest level.
At this next Plateau, you stampede with the herd, swim with the school, fly with the flock, or buzz with the swarm. You are still in a "reactive" mode, and do what the rest of the group does, without expression of your true desire. Like an animal, the only thing you are focused on is the movement of the masses. Personal growth is not on your mind. There is safety in numbers, and there are also great limiting factors when you mindlessly "follow-the-crowd". Your self esteem is wrapped up in the identity of the crowd. The media, television, advertising firms, and marketing guru's count on you to remain at this plateau, where they are thinking for you, directing you, without you doing much focused thinking on your own. You definitely want to move beyond this second lowest plateau to focus on your personal aspiration.
As you move up the scale of awareness you begin to raise your head above the herd or crowd, and you develop a sense that you can think-for-yourself. You begin to narrow your view and focus on things that you desire, beyond the safety, comfort and influence of the group. Your emotion begin to kick in, and a spiritual component of your being awakens. You develop a new, focused, personal thinking that you are becoming aware of. There is both excitement and fear about "stepping-out" of the crowd and "responding" to the physical world on your terms, verses simply "reacting" to it. You begin to be aware that by altering your perspective and thinking, you can Be, Do, and Have the things you Desire in life. At this plateau you have aspirations about things you want to focus on, yet you still don't know how.
At this next higher Personal Plateau, you recognize yourself as a unique, divine, special individual capable of incredible things, personal growth, desire, and accomplishments. You pull away from the crowd and express yourself more fully and openly, operating more in the light of your true self, less and less out of fear, doubt, and confusion. You focus primarily on who you are being and what you want. Your self esteem raises, and your ego takes a back seat, and you shine the light of your brilliance in areas of your life that were previously in the dark. You can now begin to really focus on the things that truly matter to you. It is at this level where you can hone in and find that which is worthy of your focus, as you learn to Find and Maintain Your Focus.
Bob Proctor gave me the best definition of Discipline that I have ever heard. Proctor said True Discipline is "giving yourself a command and following it, when no one else is looking". At the Discipline Plateau, it becomes obvious that focus is key to being successful in all areas of your life. When there are no distractions or noise, it is easy for you to maintain focus on that which your desire. However, life is not without distractions and noise. In order to maintain and sustain focus for long-lasting personal growth and success, you must tell yourself this is who you are being, and then actually have the discipline to BE. This is where there are no escape hatches or back-doors that you and your ego can sneak out of. This is where the rubber-hits-the-road. Without sufficient discipline, maintaining and sustaining your focus will be virtually impossible. Success takes discipline, where focus and discipline become one. This is how you develop self esteem.
This second to Highest Personal Plateau is where you can regularly focus your focus, and experience yourself as the divine, disciplined individual you know you are. Your personal growth and self esteem are strengthening. Your confidence grows as there is less and less fear, doubt, and confusion in your daily existence. You know who you are and what you desire, because you experience the benefits and advantages of being laser focused. People begin to notice a huge shift in who you are for them. Things that previous seemed difficult or impossible are now done easily because of your awareness and control of your ability to focus. You are now in control to direct your efforts and sustain your focus over the long-haul, in all areas of your life. This is a great space to be in.
This Personal Plateau is one which some say is impassible, one which you never transcend beyond. This is where you are being fully expressed, and completely focused on your being and your purpose. At this stage, you are living at your greatest level of personal growth, and maximum potential in at least one of the five areas of your life. You realize your desire, and there is no way for you to become any more focused, yet maintaining and sustaining this level of mastery and expertise requires the highest, most sustained focus possible. Reaching this high level of self esteem, you realize maintaining and sustaining focus at this highest level is a life-long journey. A journey you experience every second, of every minute, of every hour of every day......That is Focused Mastery.
Being Aware of these Seven Personal Plateaus is the first step in identifying where you are on the hierarchy in the Five Life Spheres of your life. Your new found awareness will lead you to greater control, self esteem, and direction in all life spheres. This control and direction will require focus, and this focus will help you generate and strengthen your focus for sustained personal growth....When you desire to Focus on Your Focus, you raise your life and the lives around you, higher and higher.