With so much going on in the world today, it’s so easy to get distracted. How do I know? Because it’s happened to me. With all the noise on social media and what seems to be a never ending onslaught of negativity, I found myself overwhelmed, distracted and off course. At some point, however, I had a moment of clarity – How in the world could I reach my goals if I kept allowing myself to be distracted by everything around me? In that moment, I realized that I needed to get focused. If you’re a person with big goals and big dreams, you won’t accomplish much of anything if you constantly allow yourself to be taken off course by the things and people around you. Here are a few tips on staying focused and not allowing distractions to get you off track:
Be “Aware,” But Don’t Get Consumed:
As a responsible adult, it makes sense to be aware of what’s going on around you; you should want to know what’s happening on your job, in your community, in your city, in your state, your country, the world, etc. However, there’s a fine line between being aware and being consumed. Being aware is knowing the details, whereas being consumed means you can’t focus on anything else because you’re so engulfed in a particular issue. I’m not going to lie, after the 2016 Presidential Election, I was so consumed with all the negativity I couldn’t think about much else. It was kind of hard not to be since you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about it. But one day I reminded myself that if I remained consumed with this issue, that meant I wasn’t focused on what was really important – growing my business. From that point on I decided that, while it was important to be aware of what was going on it the world around me, I had to set limits on the information I was taking in so that I didn’t become consumed.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard the saying – “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparison is also a really good way to let distractions get you off track. I’ll be honest, as a business owner I’ve been guilty of falling into the comparison trap – comparing where I was in my business to where Business X was, at that same stage, and feeling like a failure because I wasn’t there yet. I finally had to have a “come to Jesus moment,” if you will, and recognize that comparison wasn’t making me better, it was making me bitter. It’s fine to look at others for inspiration, but when it turns into comparison, that’s a sure fire way to lose focus on what you should be doing.
Keep Your Circle Tight:
Another way to stay focused and on track with your goals is to keep a tight circle. In other words, surround yourself with only the people necessary to keep you focused and push you further. While it’s great to know a lot of people and have a big network, who you surround yourself with, on the regular, can have a huge impact on your success. If you’re bootstrapping a business and cutting down on unnecessary expenses, the last thing you need is a group of friends who only want to hang out and brunch all the time. Keep a tight circle of people around you who will hold you accountable and help keep you focused so that you won’t get off track with your goals.
What are some of the ways that you stay focused so that you don’t get off track?