I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I have always liked the movies, ever since I was a little kid. Not too long ago, I watched the original Star Wars movie again, just for fun. One of my favorite parts of the movie happens near the beginning, when Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke Skywalker his father’s lightsaber. Luke is just beginning to discover who he is, and I enjoy watching his character develop.
There’s a great line in the movie where Obi-Wan explains to Luke what a lightsaber is.
The Weapon of a Jedi Knight
“Your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”
Our Energy: Lightsaber or Blaster?
I think there’s a lesson here about how we focus our energy. Often in my life I feel like my energy is like a blaster. It’s random. I bounce around from project to project. I might spend a lot of energy and look busy, but I don’t accomplish much.
The alternative is to focus my energy like a lightsaber. If I’m able to focus all my energy on one thing, without distractions, I can accomplish quite a lot. And because I’m focused in one direction, my tasks build on each other and move me closer toward my overall goal.
2 Keys to Focus Our Energy Like a Lightsaber
I think there are two keys to focus our energy like a lightsaber:
Know the direction. Sometimes our energy is random because we don’t have a solid direction. If we don’t know where we are going, it’s difficult to focus our energy in a particular direction. It is helpful to set aside some time each day to plan out the most important tasks for the day. On a larger scale, it is valuable to spend some time each week, month, and year to determine the most important tasks for that time period. To focus your energy like a lightsaber, you have to know the direction.