It’s very simple. If they at all feel out of control or if they feel they have not the right focus, they know exactly how to get back to it, by themselves. That’s how I got a black belt in karate (“if you can train yourself”). Doesn’t have to mean you’re always in shape but if you know how to get yourself back in shape because you know the game and you know how to put yourself into the game when required, that’s it.
So, if you’re feeling out of control in any situation and you know how to get that control, or you’re feeling like I don’t have the right focus right now and I need to get the right focus. If you know how to do both of those, you’re on.
– David Allen @ 27:14