As much as they tried, the plant's engineers could not identify and solve the problem. So they brought in one of the nations top consultants on nuclear power plant construction and engineering to see whether he could determine what was wrong. The consultant arrived, put on a white coat, tookhis clipboard, and went to work. For the next two days, he walked around studying the hundreds of dials and gauge in the control room, taking notes and making calculations
At the end ofthe second day, he took a black felt marker out of his pocket, climbed up on the ladder, and put a large black "X" on one of the gauges.
"This is the problem," he explained. "Repair and replace the apparatus connected to this meter, and the problem will be solved."
He then took off his white smock, drove back to airport and flew home. The engineers disassembled the apparatus and discovered that, sure enough, thiswas the cause of the problem. It was soon repaired, and the plant was back up to full capacity.
About a week later the plant manager recieved a bill from the consultant for $10,000 for "services rendered."
The plant manager was suprised at the size of the bill, even though this was a multibillion-dollar facility and the problem had been costing an enormous amount of money in lost generating capacity. After all, he reasoned, the consultant had come in, stood around for a couple of days, written a black "X" on one of the gauges, and then returned home. Ten thousand dollars seemed like a high fee for such a simple job.
The plant manager wrote back to the consultant, "We have recieved a bill. Could you please break down and itemize your charges? It seems that all you did was writeone "X" on a single gauge. Ten thousand dollars appears to be excessive for this amount of work."
Some days later, the plant manager recieved a new invoice from the consultant. It said "for placing "X" on gauge: $1.00. For knowing which gauge to place "X" on $9,999."
This simple story illustrates the most important single principle of success, achievement, and happiness in life. Knowing where to put the "X" in each part of your life is the critical determinant of everything you accomplish.
This "X" is your focal point."
Well, I know, that is a long story but it is good example of indentifing a focal point in my life. In the next part of this review, I will share with you some critical questions in determining your life focal points.
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