The thing about waves is that there’s always another one.
And when you’re in the water and they’re coming thick and fast, there is no room in your mind for anything else other than the next one.
How big is it? How soon is it going to be here? How powerful is it? Do I dive over it, under it, or try and stand my ground?
It forces you into the present. It demands focus. And as a result, that’s what you give.
Things come at us all the time out of the water too. A 30-min practice session at your instrument, an hour with your children, a meeting with a client.
These should get the same focus that the waves get, but it’s harder, because they don’t demand it like the waves do.
So instead you need to demand it of yourself.