If you are like me, then these past few weeks have been a bit trying. There is so much going on in our society and also in our personal or professional lives that seem to demand our attention. And quite frankly, when it comes to what’s happening in our country, it is my belief that you have the right to stay informed or take action to advocate for what’s right. In situations where personal or professional challenges are demanding our attention, it’s also important to work towards resolving those challenges. Though, where I believe we should all work to make a shift, is ensuring that we are walking in our purpose and prioritizing those things that are most meaningful to us in this season in our lives, even in the midst of everything else going on.
I want you to know that when you want your vision bad enough, or if your “why” for your vision is big enough, then you have to stay focused.
Here are three reasons to get focused even in the midst of distractions:
1) Your legacy depends on it
Whether you hope to leave a legacy at work; or you have children and hope for them to someday admire your story; or you simply want to ensure that when you’re gone, that the dash was awesome (as in 1965 – ___ ), you should be consistently working on determining what your legacy will be, ensuring that you are living life on purpose.
A possible solution: Create a list of the top 5 – 10 distractions that are pulling you away from your legacy and purpose and then create a second list with strategies to limit each distraction on your first list. For example, if hours of social media are preventing you from being able to invest in building your career, entrepreneurial idea, or financial strategies to pay off debt to leave a legacy for your children, then you might need to put a cap on daily social media intake.
2) Your distractions are possibly impacting your mindset
Research continues to show that social media and who we allow in our circles impact who we are and how we are. Ask yourself the questions: “Who do I want to be?” “How do I want to be?” “Who am I?” If who or what you’re dedicating your time to isn’t matching up with the answers to those questions, then you need to adjust. Your mindset is critical to your success and peace.
If your mindset is negatively being affected by people, places, thoughts, or actions, that could be the reason why you’re not thriving as much as you’d like to spiritually, emotionally, relationally, or professionally.
Some possible solutions: List your vision for who you want to be spiritually, financially, relationally, and character-wise in short bullet points somewhere that’s visible to you. Daily, refer to that vision in the morning and evening.
Additionally, at the beginning of the day, in prayer or through stating affirmations out loud, vocalize what you hope to exude that day. Write that down. At the end of the day, review what you wrote down, and check your intentions for the day with what you actually gave your time and attention to. If they don’t line up, chances are, your way of being and environment may not be in alignment with who you aspire to be. If that’s the case, determine one action you need to take to get in alignment for the next day, write that down, and use the next day to work on that action. Little by little, daily, you would end up taking one significant action to work towards making sure your life is in alignment with your vision of who you are and who you aspire to be.
3) Time is precious
We all have a limited time on this earth. And every moment is precious. I keep being reminded of the fragility of life whether that be for our own lives or the lives of those around us. You can spend your time fighting for a cause you believe in if that’s what you feel you should be doing, or focusing greatly on your family, or reading novels that excite you, or serving in communities that need you the most, or binge-watching movies that make your heart flutter, or in starting your own business, or in personal development. Your options are endless. And, the truth is, you do have a choice in deciding where you choose to spend your time. You have to be honest with yourself in determining what the best use of your time is for what you want out of life. The important thing is to remember it is your choice and to not allow things to take your attention that you feel are not worth your time or energy.
A possible solution: Take some time and develop a list of your top 5 priorities for how you spend time in different areas of your life like social life; time at work; family; personal development; relationship; friendships; health, etc. Be sure that however you’re spending time daily aligns with what you would feel most proud of in the future. For one person, the ability to take naps, meditate, and watch a movie after work is essential and meaningful. For another person, working on a book and business while making one call to a loved one during that same after-work time-frame might be most meaningful. Be clear on what making good use of time and living your life like it’s golden means to you.
I am hoping that some of the strategies above resonate with you and that you’re able to implement at least one thing that will help you to stay focused on your vision and goals even in the midst of distractions.
Feel free to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if this was helpful, and of course, feel free to forward to any family or friends who you think this might be useful for. As always, I believe in you!
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