Say No to Distractions

Photo by Ashley Richards

Having set a goal, it’s time to clear the road ahead and focus on progress. How do you set a goal? It’s not an exact science. It takes introspection and a desire to face your dreams and failures to find a way to move towards success. If you’re stuck in a state of wanting but incapable to persevere, this piece on Adjusting Your Goals Makes Them Attainable might help.

Distractions play a great part in weather or not we will make progress. When we think of distractions, the internet may be the first thing that pops into your mind. And that’s certainly a key player, but we don’t often consider:

  • the news
  • unnecessary phone calls
  • shopping and wasting time on making decisions that have little impact in the long run
  • chit-chat, gossip and criticism towards others

A distraction is anything that will take you off the road that leads to your goal. More than willpower, we need better planning to succeed. Plan to avoid situations where distractions might occur and set the expectations low from those close to you when it comes to social activities. It doesn’t all have to be about sacrificing a good time for a productive time. Limiting distractions will not only help your progress, but turn a good time into a memorable time.

How Gossiping Does Everyone a Disservice

Gossiping is a paradoxical form of communication. It often involves a secret or a detail that is known to a limited amount of people that is further shared with people from the inner circle. One inner circle to another, the information becomes public knowledge.

How does gossiping sabotage our existence?

  1. Energy loss. We put energy into an idea over which we have no control and which brings no value to our life. This brings a feeling of emptiness that more gossiping cannot fill.
  2. Time loss. Instead of bonding with people over things that can help us grow, we use the time to discuss other people.
  3. The balance of the universe always finds a way. Words are a powerful tool of manifestation, used on ourselves or others. Gossiping tends to add emotions from the negative spectrum – envy, hatred, pity. Every thought put in the universe reflects back on us.

Here’s a great exercise: when thinking of sharing ideas or experiences of other people that are not yours to share, stop yourself in the tracks. Set yourself free from this habit, one gossipy thought at a time.