Part 2 of blog series titled, “From Tangle to Untangled,” I would like to shine the spotlight on distractions. The primary purpose of a distraction is to distract us from what’s best. Regardless if your distractions are too much time spent on social media, or possibly over committing yourself toward organizations or perhaps you're like me and can get caught up with new tv shows, like “24”, lol!! Come on now, don’t act like you don’t have a distraction that’s keeping you from being productive. If it makes you feel better, I’ll confess up and share a recent distraction that had captured my attention in full. There was a phenomenal show that I had been out for years but I recently just seen the first episode and I instantly became hooked!! Oh, there’s no need to name the tv show but it had 3 seasons with 10 episodes each. Somehow, I managed to watch all 3 seasons which is 30 hours of tv in just 4 days! Can you believe that?!?!? - I know exactly what you're thinking though => “what music did the show play for the credits?” LOL!! I know that’s now what your thinking but you know what's funny, I didn’t think it was possible to watch 30 hours of tv in 4 days!! I wonder what was my family up to during that time???
So, let us agree that my focus was completely off during those 4 days of binge watching and plus don’t forget to add a couple more days for catching up on sleep. Lesson learned: When our distractions aren’t properly dealt with they can surely wreck havoc on life.
Below are a few tips that I have had in practice for years & are necessary for me to fall back on when goals are out of alignment and when the focus is lost.
=> Ponder on if your distraction is DRAINING YOU or FULFILLING YOU. Obviously, watching 30 hours of tv in 4 days is draining. Imagine how many blog posts I could’ve had with 30 hours! That 30 hours added to my pleasure of being fulfilled but no value was added to my purpose. And, since tv won’t be going away anytime soon, I can create a schedule to watch my shows.
=> Be willing to re-position and make the necessary adjustments to flourish. My distraction is not worth a setback and neither is yours. Deal with the distractions so you can flourish!
=> If you have grown tired in the pursuit of the assignment that you're trying to accomplish, seek to renew and get refreshed. Spend time in meditation, exercising and possibly turning off social media for a little while to regain your focus. Be wise and do what's necessary to get back on track.
What distraction is keeping you from flourishing? Hope to hear from you and stay tuned for the next blog posting for Friday.