“I tend to get my hands into all these other things and all these distractions, and after a while I start feeling depleted.” ~ Scott Weiland
Distractions are everywhere. Family. Friends. Social media. Television. There’s always someone or something lying in wait to divert your attention from the task at hand. We’ve all experienced moments when we’re in the zone working on a particular project and, right on cue, a loved one interrupts the flow with an emergency, or simply needing to talk. Making time for the people you care about is important, but you’ll never accomplish anything in life if you don’t set boundaries. There are times when the friend who calls every day to complain about the same thing will have to wait. Allowing yourself to constantly be pulled in numerous directions will hinder your progress and leave you feeling depleted.
“I need distractions. Good distractions, not bad ones. A good distraction for me is a great play.” ~ Danny Aiello
Distractions will happen, and some should be welcome. It’s important to set aside moments to enjoy life. Your entire existence shouldn’t center around work. Just be sure not to allow those moments to become the norm. And you must be selective when determining what qualifies as a valid distraction. You must ask yourself if it’s worth pursuing…if the juice is worth the squeeze…so to speak. When it comes to potential love interests, it’s of the utmost importance to recognize if they really want to be squeezed…or just seen. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by someone who only wants your attention…but not you. If they’re sending mixed signals, remain on the path you’ve already set for yourself. What’s for you won’t intentionally confuse you. Use discernment. Your purpose is not to be taken lightly. Keep pushing forward towards your goals and let God work out the rest. What’s really for you will present itself in His timing.
“Stay focused, believe that you can achieve at the highest level, surround yourself with others who believe in you, and do not stray from your goal.” ~ Zach Ertz
Surrounding yourself with good people who believe in you and support your goals is imperative. It’s much easier to stay focused when the people in your life respect your time. The atmosphere is even better when they have their own goals. Finding the balance is key. Yes, your calling is important, but so are your loved ones. You must make time for them as well. There will always be work to do, but your loved ones won’t be here forever. They deserve your focus as well. And if you listen closely, they’ll tell you when your presence is needed. You must be sensitive to this and, more importantly, respond. There’s a time & season for everything. Your ambition is worthy of appreciation, but so are your loved ones. The pursuit of goals should never inebriate your emotional intelligence. It’s important to stay focused on your goals, but it’s just as important to know when your focal point needs to change.
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