Can I be honest? The other day I did a scope on Periscope. I was prepared and had all of my thoughts collected. I knew I would get my message out there with ease and grace. Well, that was an epic fail. Yes, I got my words out, but not with much clarity, grace or ease. When I got off the scope, I realized, I had not performed to my expectations and I was mortified. Why did this happen? What happened? One simple phrase, “I got distracted.”
Distractions come to divide your attention and prevent concentration. They come to pull apart, separate, and ultimately create a drawing away of the mind.
The feeling that comes after a distraction is sickening. To think, you spent seconds, minutes, hours, possibly days being off task and unproductive. Even more, you felt robbed of precious time. That’s how I felt after my scope.
I was sharing my experiences as usual, but then thrown off by a negative comment. “Why is this person even on here?” I thought. I was in disbelief. The unbelief turned into rambling, the rambling into anger, and the anger into cutting my scope short. When I got off, I was livid and storming around the house upset.
After I settled down (it wasn’t a pretty sight to see) the BIGGEST revelation came to me.
Distractions are IN-EV-IT-A-BLE. No matter who you are, they are coming. However, you don’t have to fall for them. IF you do, you have to ask yourself the question, Why did I?
My reactions, although seemingly sparked by someone else outwardly, had nothing to do with that person. Honestly, how I reacted was a mere reflection of what was going on deep within ME! On a typical day, the comment would not have annoyed me, but since I already had other things going on, it affected me. Actually, there were unresolved bitterness towards someone else. There were “holes in my soul” that needed to be plugged. My response was triggered by me.
That was a tough pill to swallow because there should always be something or someone to blame. However, when it’s YOU, it’s not as easy to accept. Sure, they should not have said the negative comment, but at the end of the day, my reaction & pulling my focus away from more important things, is what counts.
So, I have something for you to remember. Distractions and negativity WILL come; it’s a part of life. What’s more important is how you handle it. Fix whatever is going on with you and watch how you soar in all areas of your life.
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? Where you’ve been distracted by life’s events? How did you handle it?