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Letting Go Of Distractions
Distractions are receiving some very negative press these days, don't you agree? I was thinking that if we gave as much attention to being focused as we do to being distracted, we would probably find ourselves more focused--just a thought. It's interesting that we have chosen to make distractions the enemy because in doing so we have given them power. However, distractions aren't the problem, we are!
On any given day I can be distracted by a dozen different things. Some of these distractions go unnoticed because I'm not conscious of them, but most of my distractions are very noticeable, some are even welcomed. How I respond to them, though, makes all the difference in how I experience them.
The saying "What you resist persists" speaks to engaging in a struggle around something we have judged as negative or bad, like being distracted. The judgment turns into beating ourselves up which only perpetuates the problem. It's a dead end. So if you find yourself distracted and you don't want to be it's best to take another approach.
With each distraction you have an opportunity to choose how you see that distraction. One of the best ways to move beyond distractions is to simply call them out. When I notice that I have chosen to be distracted by something I laugh at it. Then I can make a choice to stay with the distraction or shift out of it. You are always the one in charge of your decisions.
If you have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD this technique can still be useful because it really speaks to shifting your attitude first. When your attitude shifts you're able to get a new perspective. If this is impacting the quality of your life find a coach or therapist who understands ADD/ADHD as this is a real and very challenging issue and you don't need to "go-it-alone".
Can you call out one distraction this week and laugh at it?
Love To You,
posted on: 11/5/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.