What Are You Getting Out of Being Distracted?

Wow, it’s been a long time since I have written a blog.  Ironically enough, today’s topic is about distractions and why we enjoy having them.  What??  That’s right, why we enjoy having them.  What do we get out of them?

As I’m sure you all have noticed, I’ve had a lot of distractions in the last few months.  It’s kept me from getting my word out and you know what, that started to not feel good after awhile.  When I sit on my creative self, I start to get cranky and mean.  What do I get out of not writing or being distracted from continuing on my true path?  I get peace (not world peace but the kind that comes from not having to push myself).  I get playing small and hiding in plain sight.  I get not having to really put myself out there.  Why would I even want something like that?  It’s called mental laziness.

I keep throwing distractions in my way and using them as excuses for not continuing on with things like my next book.  Even when people ask me how it’s coming, I can still say it’s half done.  Do you know how long I’ve been saying it’s half done?  A long time now.  Again, it started to not feel good.

How do I switch that?  How do I stop using distractions as a means to stay small.  First step, make a schedule.  Make a list of three things you will do in a day and make a schedule around them.  I’ve started putting together a weekly calendar and scheduling in time for writing my book, writing blogs and you know what?  Once I got back on the wagon, it started to feel easier than staying distracted.  It felt so good to get some content out on the table that I was able to keep moving forward.  

One of the other techniques for staying out of distractions is to do some mental imagery.  I imagine what it will look and feel like when my next book is done. I imagine what life will be like when I am up at the podium speaking about my process and journey.  Sit down and envision what it feels like to be your best self.  What are you wearing?  Where are you hanging out?  Who are you hanging out with?

So I ask you, the reader, what do you get out of distractions?  Is it an excuse to not delve into your true self?  Is it the way to not go big and step into your best self?  Is it just pure mental laziness? It could be D – all of the above.  Let’s start with small steps.  Do those three things a day.  For me, today, it was write this blog, see a client and re-arrange my website.  Once those are done, if I continue on, great.  If not, I can rest easily knowing that I made some strides to keep moving forward.  My bet though is that it is going to feel so good that I continue on down the list of what are my next right steps.

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it: this is going to be my day.”  ― Brendon Burchard

 Until My Next Adventure,