Just a reminder to stay focused on what you are doing as the New Year unfolds. The world has been overflowing with opportunity and creativity like never before. But most of it is profit-driven regurgitation and mass-marketing of empty hype and latest trends. Stay away from the garbage and keep your mind focused on your goals. Distractions may snag your attention for a moment, but you’ve got to catch yourself as soon as possible and realize that you’re wasting valuable time unless you’re doing what you truly want to be doing.
Consider these illustrative examples:
Example #1 You are working on the Web blogging about something interesting. One of your goals is to grow your blog into a successful website. As you write your article, suddenly an email rolls in and you find yourself reading the latest chain-email of humorous nonsense. At this point, you stop yourself and realize that the email fluff is utterly irrelevant and requires nothing more than a simple click to the Trash bin.
Example #2 You are spending time with your family and enjoying one another’s company. One of your personal goals is to enjoy your family more and spend some genuine quality time. Everything is going great until you decide to see what’s on TV. Moments later, you are staring mindlessly at some insipid bit of television programming. An hour later, your family is elsewhere and you find yourself alone on the couch, sucked into the latest distraction. Instead of giving in to the brain-dead comfort of TV, wake up out of your mental stupor and stay focused on the moment. Enjoy your family, friends, or whatever is most beneficial to you. Hint: TV is not it.
Example #3 You are waiting in the dentist’s office for a routine checkup. The anticipation is making you uncomfortable, so you grab a cheese rag from the corner table. Thumbing through the sleazy, greasy pages of celebrity trash and commercial garbage, you recall one of your goals: to live in the moment and grow as a person. Is filling your mind with cheap marketing ploys and nonsense going to help you achieve these goals? Probably not. So do yourself a favor: drop the sheep feed and focus on what you are doing. There is no better time to listen and grow than while you are faced with unpleasant circumstance.
The point here is that you are better than what the Global Media Empire has been feeding you these days, and your mind deserves so much more than greasy commercials and empty Hollywood garbage. You have goals this year and you want to grow as a person, find the balance, hang with friends, love your family, succeed at work, draw closer to God, and all of the other good things that are possible in this life. So I encourage you to stay focused and don’t let the media marketing rubbish pollute your mind. Stay clean this year, feed your mind the good stuff, remain focused on what matters, and achieve your goals.