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What's Distracting Us?

  • July 4, 2019
  • Written by Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach

“Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.” Stephen R. Covey

We are often reminded of the importance of focus. Focusing on priorities and not being distracted from the task at hand. Distraction seems to be the barrier thrown up to divert our focus; to lead us astray; to inhibit our progress.

What can we do to lessen the distractions that become roadblocks to moving forward? Here are three thoughts to help you direct your focus to the important things whether in your personal or professional life.

Getting motivated. Finding your motivation for whatever you are doing is important. In his book Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey writes, “Begin with the end in mind.” Having a clear goal and purpose helps direct your actions to focus on the important things. Sometimes a daily reminder of your focus will help you move through your day and achieve what you desire. How do you keep your goal to the forefront?

Getting started and keep it going. Once you have reminded yourself of your goal, you simply need to get started. You will soon discover that whatever the task, and however foreboding it is, once you get started you’ll manage to see it through. What you need to do at the outset, however, is minimize or eliminate any distractions that might divert you. To ensure distractions are avoided or at least kept to a minimum, think about the strategies you have employed in the past that worked.

Getting out of your own way. Self-talk is sometimes a deterrent and becomes another distraction. Self-fulfilling prophecies can be seen as either motivators or barriers. You need to learn to shut down those thoughts that get in the way of you achieving success and instead listen to those voices in your head that provide encouragement. How are you getting in the way of achieving your goals and objectives? What are you going to do about it?

“Your results are the product of either personal focus or personal distraction. The choice is yours.”  - John Di Lemme, Marketing Consultant

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach

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