The term attention is from the late 14c., "a giving heed, active direction of the mind upon some object or topic," from Old French attencion and directly from Latin attentionem (nominative attentio) "attention, attentiveness," noun of action from past-participle stem of attendere "give heed to," literally "to stretch toward," from ad "to, toward" (see ad-) + tendere "stretch."
What is the direction of your mind? Sellers seek our attention. Our attention spans seem to be decreasing. We need to stretch our minds toward an objective. The objective can be around health, family, work, etc. The more attention you spend the more stretching of your mind. Move closer to objectives one step at a time. Play the long game.
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