A zen saying goes like this:
Sit sit. Walk walk. Don’t wobble.
This refers to having a single-minded attitude in our pursuits. When sitting, we should just sit. When walking, we should just walk, and so on. This can mean, for example, being really present when one is with another person and not being distracted by smartphones or social media.
The Bhagavad Gita also has a verse about this topic (chapter 2 verse 41):
vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-śhākhā hyanantāśh cha buddhayo ’vyavasāyinām
A rough translation is as follows:
O descendent of the Kurus, the intellect of those who are on this path is resolute, and their aim is one-pointed. But the intellect of those who are irresolute is many-branched.
This is referring to Krishna’s teaching about Buddhi Yoga, or yoga of the intellect. The advice being given here is to be resolute and single-minded in purpose when it comes to pursuing this yogic path.
In today’s social media and smartphone dominated world, it becomes hard for people to focus on single things. However forgoing focus on the thing we are looking into often means sacrificing having an edge. So, it really behooves one to not let go of the edge and try to cultivate a single minded approach to life.