Finding Focus: The Half Hearted Tackle

By Luke Jones. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. 

Image from I Believe

Image from I Believe

“Who dares wins.”

SAS saying

In what sometimes seems like another life, I used to play quite a bit of football. Soccer for you Americans. Actually on second thoughts, I can’t bring myself to call it soccer sorry. We’ll stick with football…

Back in the day, I played in centre midfield, which often involved quite a bit of tackling. One thing you learn pretty early on in football, is that it’s probably not a good idea to go into a tackle half heartedly. If you decide to hold back, it’s likely you’re gonna get hurt, and unlikely you’ll come away with ball.

It may seem a little counter intuitive, but often the harder you go in to a tackle, the more you commit yourself, the less likely it is you’re gonna get injured. Plus you’re more likely to win the ball of course – you’re more likely to succeed.


This philosophy can be applied to certain aspects of life.

The idea being, that if you commit to something half heartedly, you are less likely to succeed than if you committed yourself fully. I’m definitely not saying this concept is foolproof, but I can relate to it to some extent.

Humans are rubbish at multi tasking. If we try to juggle too many ideas at the same time, which is often the case; nothing gets done to its full potential.

For example, if you’re trying to start your own business whilst working your day-to-day job, you may struggle to put in enough time to make the business a success. So it never quite takes off. I didn’t have the time or mental energy to manage this site properly whilst at uni, but graduating has given me the opportunity to succeed.

It also applies to your thought patterns, and how you learn new skills. If your head is full of distracting thoughts – deadlines, past events, future worries – they prevent you from fully focussing on the task at hand and achieving your full potential. This is where mindfulness plays a key role; residing in the present moment.

Sure, you’ll learn that skill after a while, even with the distractions; but it may not be as sharp as it could have been if you had fully focussed on it. You may be able to get that business up and running eventually, but it will likely take a whole lot longer, and it may not be as successful as you’d like it to have been. 

In a business sense, if you did decide to give up your job to follow your passion, the added pressure of having no income may give you the kick-start you needed to get your own business running. Maybe the comfort of having the job was holding you back, as well as acting as a distraction.


Roman generals used to burn the bridges behind them to make sure no soldier would be able to retreat in battle. No escape route – just full commitment. They still had a plan B, it just never involved going backwards. They remained fully focussed on their objective, and perhaps that contributed towards their success.

Maybe you could learn from the Romans.

Maybe you could burn some of your bridges and destroy your escape routes. Practice being mindful and living simply, rid yourself of your distractions and fully focus on what you’re trying to achieve.

You could take the leap of faith and throw yourself into the tackle with everything you have. Maybe it would benefit you, and get you closer to where you want to be.

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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

2 Responses to “Finding Focus: The Half Hearted Tackle

  • Great insights! I am a former competitive athlete (I refer to myself as a “once was” which is much different than a “has been” right?) and understand the idea of going all out toward the goal. It seems like even the best of us, as we move through adulthood, start to lose that drive. Remembering “why”, sharpening focus, and getting excited about the possibilities moving forward all help me to keep from looking back at that “bridge” you mention. Thanks for a great post!
    – Marcy Munro (

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