The early morning hours brought no relief as I gathered the group outside on the ropes course for a team building session The air was heavy and muggy, and the gnats swarmed in clouds, creating a mass of swatting among the group. Keeping the participants motivated and focused took all my attention. The outside distraction threatened to sabotage the overall goal.
Eliminating the distractions was not a possibility. Ignoring them was impossible. Harnessing them and using them was the only solution.
How true this is for own lives. We have goals we set for ourselves, and almost as soon as we begin, outside distractions threaten to take over and steal our attention. If we give in to the distractions, we find ourselves once again unfulfilled and wallowing in the fact that we started one more thing and never finished. Sure, we got many things accomplished, but the ONE thing we really wanted to do was left behind in all the busyness of distractions.
Getting motivated is the easy part; staying motivated is the real challenge. And distractions will always play a huge part in stealing our motivation if we allow them.
In fact, today is Saturday, the weather is beautiful, and I have a list of tasks needing to be done at this very moment. They are very important tasks which are a necessary part of my life. And as I sit here filling the screen with words, a ticker is running across my mind of all the things I should be doing.
I remember many years ago, asking a friend how it was she had time to spend on several different goals and still keep the rest of her life in balance.
Her response has been a key piece of the puzzle to balancing my own goals.
“It’s really very simple, I break my day up into segments, and I allot specific segments of time for everything, including those goals I really want to spend time on. Everything else has to wait its turn.”
Outside distractions can take on many forms. People calling for our time. Responsibilities and to-do lists screaming to be crossed off. Daily setbacks and interruptions breaking up the flow of our focus. That’s life, plain and simple.
“A distracted existence leads us to no goal.”~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
So how do we harness the distractions in order to stay motivated to move toward that one thing that captures our heart?
- Recognizing distractions puts us in control to take action.
- Prioritizing distractions gently quiets their screams for attention.
- Assigning distractions a time and a place honors our goals and creates balance.
Tasks calling for our attention only become distractions when they are competing for our time and attention. Dismissing them does nothing but fuel guilt, and that does nothing to help us reach our goals. Giving them their proper place and time allows us to remain motivated through our goals and move confidently without losing control.
“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavourable. Favourable conditions never come.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Staying motivated is all about creating the perfect environment to daily and consistently take action and reach our goals.
It’s all about fueling our action by using our distractions!
What distractions are creating a hindrance to you reaching your goals?
How can you harness these distractions to give proper priority to your goals?
What does balance look like in terms of reaching your goals?
You can view previous blog posts in the 31 Days to Stay motivated here!