Your Success Thought on "Distractions"
April 6, 2005

Does it seem that the whole world is distracted these days? Yes, a solar eclipse will take place this Friday and yes, like the draw of a full moon, this has an affect on many of us. Is the eclipse to blame or are we simply allowing our minds to take on more and more to the point of being distracted from even our most significant decisions?

Are we judicious in what we allow into our minds, or do we open the floodgate and let it all in. We are not going to achieve our goals unless we learn what to focus upon and what to let go. This is dramatically true for negative influences in our life.

Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D. discusses this necessity in her intriguing book, Optimal Thinking, specifically in her chapter on Optimal Thinking: The Next Step Beyond Positive Thinking. According to Glickman, optimal thinkers:

  • Accept what we can't control (like the weather, interest rates, and others' choices) and maximize what we can control.
  • Embrace the present moment, trust our intuition, investigate the alternatives for solving our challenges, weigh their advantages and disadvantages and determine the best solution within the given time constraints.
  • Choose the best and then put it to rest. Having surrendered our best contribution, we can peacefully move on to the next important issue.
  • Maximize attitudes, skills, relationships and lifestyles.

Her point is of course to let go of distractions that don't pertain to you right now, in this moment. Instead, focus upon what does. Sound easy? With practice it can be.

Have you caught yourself in a meeting with thoughts drifting to what you should have put in an earlier memo; why your team is not performing or why your children are acting in a certain way? Have similar distractions kept you from a good nights sleep?

When you are in a team meeting is the time to focus on your team. Journaling is a superb time to focus on yourself or your family. Exercising allows you clarity on all important issues. A regular retreat or planning session away from home and office allows you time to separate issues and focus on each in a powerful manner.

If you have a method of eliminating distractions, I would love to hear about it. If not, make this your passion this week. Elevate yourself to a life filled with what you choose. Learn to let the rest go. Discover your own mode of optimal thinking and lavish in it!

Ann Golden Eglé, PCC, CPCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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