I cannot recall the amount of times I went to the shops to buy bread, for example, and came back with a bag full of every other thing but bread! Does this sound familiar? You plan to do something but somehow, and at the most inconvenient time, your attention is deterred and you fall victim of distraction. Well, if you can relate to any of this read on, this might be of some benefit to you.
It’s said that the word distraction derives from an ancient medieval torture method. They would tie a rope around the victim’s wrist and ankles and attach each end to horses facing opposite ways. Then at the same time these horses would get hit all running in their different ways painfully killing the poor person in the middle. This is distraction. If we’re not careful, we’ll allow distraction to destroy us. To kill our focus, drive, motivation, relationships, dreams, and the list goes on. In order to reach the goals we’ve set in our careers, fitness, family, and finances, and so on it’s important that we address this. Below are 6 things that help me to keep focus. Whether you have long or short term goals, these points will equip against this silent enemy.[Tweet “”Stay focused on what you want to achieve and everything else will fall away” – @MrAshleyCole_ @Vinejuice #focalpoint”]
1. Switch it off! We live in an interactive society that’s constantly tugging for our attention. We can’t completely hide from this unless you want to live under a rock in a field. So turning off your electrical appliances can significantly reduce the chances of being distracted.
2. Be accountable to someone! Telling someone the goals you’ve set and the deadlines you have is a good way of staying on track. A bit of tough love. A good kick in the right place from a friend or family should help you get your focus and drive back.
3. Set realistic goals! Don’t cram in too much in a short space of time. Try to focus on only 3 things max at a time. Have your energy focused towards only a few things. The brain works better when its attention isn’t divided. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
4. Stop! Distractions aren’t always external, they can also be internal. If you find that your mind keeps wandering look into why, what’s going on. It’s best to deal with the issue than to suppress it.
5. Stay motivated! Keep your goal in the forefront of your mind. Keep the fire burning. Remind yourself why reaching this goal is so important. Keep a positive attitude.
6. Time out! Take breaks as and when you need. Allow yourself distraction time to suppress the urges. 10 minutes time out of every hour should do the job.
Have a great time going after your dreams and goals![spacer style=”1″]
Over to you
What do you think of these suggestions? Will you try them? Can you add any others to the list that have worked for you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.[spacer style=”1″]
On 1st January 2016, Ashley is launching his highly anticipated book called, ‘Focal Point’, a 40 day self-devotional. The book will be available for pre-order 18th December 2015. The ‘Focal Point’ book is set to revolutionise your life. Dealing with topics such as worry, failure, fear, and reacting versus responding ‘Focal Point’ promises to lift you out of your current circumstances and give you a new focus and perspective on life. For more details about ‘Focal Point’ and to place your order visit www.ashley-cole.co.uk