You've finally made a commitment to get the work done, you've organized your desk, made your favorite hot drink, made sure to get your TV urge out of the way, fed your pet, called a friend to tell them about the new project you're working on, went to the bathroom to avoid any unnecessary distractions and FINALLY you sit down to get the work done... but the phone rings and instead of letting it go to voicemail, you take the opportunity to keep procrastinating and answer the phone. 30 minutes goes by and you finally hang up the phone and "oh crap, it's getting late, I better start working on this tomorrow".
Has this ever happened to you or am I just crazy? It wasn't until I decided to make a conscious choice to limit all distractions that I started to excel in my life and especially in my business. Distractions can be everywhere! The key to limiting distractions is to first, realize it's a problem second, make a conscious decision to limit them and third, make a commitment to stop making excuses.
The only reason we even have distractions is because, at either a conscious or subconscious level, we don't actually want to do the work. If you were passionate about what you do and had made a firm commitment to accomplish your goal at all cost, you wouldn't allow distractions to get in your way.
So let's examine the 3 steps I outlined above:
- Realize It's a Problem
- Make a Conscious Decision To Limit All Distraction
- Make a Commitment To Stop Making Excuses
Often times we struggle with something simply because we have yet to acknowledge that we have a problem. Until we realize we have a problem, it can't be fixed.
Personally, I made a commitment to examine my habits on a daily basis.
Most experts would say to set a time aside to examine your habits but here's what I do...
Everyday, as I go about living my life, I pay attention to everything I say and do as though I would be outside of my body. You could say that I walk with myself each day, as though I were a separate entity. As I walk with myself day-in and day-out, I see my strengths and my weaknesses. I am fully aware of what I do right and what I do wrong. When I do something and the result is not what I want, I ask myself "What could I have done differently". This allows me to direct my course in the moment and I learn what works and doesn't work in getting the results I want. (See Also: Stop Settling!)
Everytime I get a good result, I say "This was good and I will keep doing it but is there a way that it could have been even better?". In this way I am not limiting my life's experience to just good things but am also allowing myself to think broader, so that I'm not closed off to bigger and better things. I will keep doing the "good" thing until I find a "better" thing.
As you examine your every move and ask these simple questions, you will, over time, create the exact life you desire by altering your course as many times as you need to, in order to get the exact results you want or better.
~ Make a Conscious Decision To Limit All Distractions
The only way to start limiting distractions is to, once and for all, make a choice that you will not allow it. It's not possible to eliminate all distractions! You'd have to literally remove your brain for that to happen...lol But you can limit them immensely.
Before you even decide to start working on your goal, whatever that may be, you will need to examine your environment and ask yourself "What could be a potential distraction?". Then, start eliminating as many of them as possible. Create your Power Space! This is a place you can go to and know for a certainty that nothing will get in your way. You'll also want to create an environment that, not only limits distraction but, enhances your creativity. Simply put things within your Power Space that puts you in a good mood, helps you to feel energized, and brings clarity to your mind.
~ Make a Commitment To Stop Making Excuses
I always say "If you're looking for an excuse, you'll always find one". It's important to understand that every distraction you deal with is virtually an internal or subconscious excuse for not getting to work - doing what you know will get you the results you're looking for. Once you realize this, you can then be in a position to eliminate them.
Let's say you're about to do your work or you're doing your work and something is drawing your attention. If you don't see this as an excuse, you'll more than likely drift off and go entertain that distraction. But if you see this as an actual excuse for not doing the work, you can consciously say "Nope! I'm not gonna do that. I'm done making excuses. I have a dream and excuses won't get me there".
See, right now you see distractions as a "more important, funner, or more pleasant thing to do". So it's virtually a positive thing, at least subconsciously, to follow the distraction. But as soon as you see it as an excuse and you know that excuses are the enemy of your dream, distractions are now the enemy. And what do we do when we encounter an enemy? We either run from it or fight it dead on!!! Either way, we are not enjoying it and we are not supporting it.
If you are not committed to your goal with intensity and focus, you may want to either re-examine your goal or re-examine your why. (See Also: The Power of Why).
If what you are doing doesn't come to you with passion, purpose and fulfillment everyday, you may want to reconsider what you're doing or why you're doing it. We often spend our time on things simply because this is what we believe society wants us to do and in order to fit in, not cause drama, please our friends and family etc, we simply settle for the life we have without any clear vision as to what we want for our lives.
So the questions to ask are: "What do I really want to do with my life? What do I want to be remembered for? And will it all matter in the end?" Answer these three questions and I believe it won't be long before you're directing a more passionate, purposeful, and fulfilling life.
CAUTION: Don't allow these questions to bog you down with thoughts like:
- I won't be remembered
- My life doesn't matter
The point here is to focus on the POSITIVES of your life and try to find true, fulfilling meaning in your life so that you can live life with passion, purpose and fulfillment every day!
SO... now you know that distractions are a problem, you've made a conscious choice to start limiting them, and you've made a commitment to stop making excuses which come to you in the form of distractions. You will begin today to ask yourself three simple yet profound questions:
- What do I really want to do with my life?
- What do I want to be remembered for?
- Will it all matter in the end?
Once you get clear on these three questions and have made the commitment to move forward with limited distractions, you will be on a path of true purpose and excellence in your life.