We are often advised or reminded how important it is to block out distractions. But before these diversions can be blocked, they must first be recognized.
Most people do not realize when they are being distracted until after they are faced with the consequence of not paying attention.
And what are the things that daily distract us?
Some of the obvious are cell phones, television shows, and the Internet. These are distractions that can interfere with our time management, productivity and safety!
But what about the things that strategically and constantly work to keep our minds unfocused to the point we become emotionally and mentally unhealthy?
We are also faced with these distractions on a daily basis. The relevant notation is that it usually take a few of them to occur or build up before we are forced to acknowledge them.
Today, while listening to one of my spiritual mentors, I was reminded how often people and minor crisis situations are used to distract us from staying focused. Too frequently, these distractions keep us from having peace in our minds and stability in our lives.
Think about it…
When was the last time that you allowed the words of others to constantly be on your mind? When was the last time that you were easily offended by someone and felt a strong desire to waste time responding or ‘getting even’ with them?
How long ago was it that you allowed a traffic jam or rejection letter determine your life’s path or destiny?
God has already declared that He has a purpose and plan for our lives and He does not seek to harm us (ref. Jeremiah 29:11).
He also declared…
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3, KJV).
The enemy works diligently to keep our minds in constant chaos. He works through people and situations. So when situations and words that cause our emotions to swerve rise up, it is crucial that we recognize them for the distractions they are.
If we recognize them, we will be able to block them. How do we block them?
- Responses. Have you ever just wanted to tell off someone with a bad attitude or who was just rude to you? I sure have! As minor as this incident is, feeding fuel to it can distract us from having peace. Choose your battles. Every thing does not require a verbal response. Wisely decide if you need to respond through nonverbal communication or if the situation causes for words, speak them in wisdom. People rent space in your head for free only if you allow them too.
- Thoughts. Change what you are thinking about. Do not continuously think about the offense or the disappointing situation. Manage your thoughts and choose to think about something positive. Think about what you should be focusing on that will lead to productivity.
Start recognizing distractions now and you will be able to block them out. Make it a habit and you will soon discover that the things that use to bother, offend and distract you, no longer do!