Whenever I grill, there is always immediate interest from my dog, Sita. I have never fed her around the grill, so I think the interest comes from the close proximity to meat. She is, after all, an opportunistic omnivore with a preference for carnivorous treats.

While I am preparing, meddling about, lighting the charcoal on fire, setting up the grill, she has peripheral interest. She comes out as if to keep an eye on the activity. But, when I bring out the meat, she notably ups her interest. There is a sense that something could happen, somehow there could be an intersection between her keen interest and circumstances.

I think we are all like that. We have something that really concerns us. When it appears, we up our game. We are ready to exploit chances offered by the immediate environment without reference to a general plan or habit.

It’s good to know what you are after, what sets your gears in motion and triggers the hormonal chemistry that raises your ability to respond. With Sita it’s clear. What is it for you?

I light up when I see a leader and her team ready to pursue something extraordinary, ambitious, noble. My motor starts to whirr and the quality of my thinking shifts into another form of attention.

Watch yourself this week. Notice when you rev up and why. That is your soul speaking to you and it’s got the message you have been waiting to hear.

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

– Sun Tzu