The Gazing Principle – zoom out and zoom in

Take a step backward to gain clarity in critical moments without losing sight of the immediate situation.

Our name derives from the Gazing Principle®, practised and developed by the Japanese swordsman and philosopher Musashi. His legendary prowess, which enabled him to come unscathed through countless duels with other Samurai, was based on a “double gaze”; one eye on the immediate situation (the opponent) and the other on the bigger picture (the state of play on the wider battlefield).

The key to success, as Musashi demonstrated, is the ability to switch constantly between the two – to zoom out and zoom in. There’s no point in focusing on details of execution if you haven’t got a clear sense of overall strategy – and vice versa.

Adapting mindset is a skill that anyone can learn to allow them to perform at their highest level, even under pressure. Here’s why:

  1. Taking a deliberate step backwards, mentally, will increase the likelihood of being able to think clearly in high pressure situations 
  2. Thinking clearly will help a person take in all the necessary information and gain a better understanding of the situation, allowing them to make better, more strategic, decisions  
  3. High achievers and performers have a critical ability to clearly assess the consequences and potential risks of their actions whilst under pressure; this ability helps them to make more considered decisions and then act with focus on the specific task, whilst keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Whether you’re looking to improve your performance under pressure or simply want to make better choices in your day-to-day life, the Gazing Principle provides a wider frame of reference to help you way up. the options and make the best decision in your particular circumstances.

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