I think I have ADD.
Shiny things catch my attention, and I get pulled away from what I want to do.
Actually, anything can distract me from what I want or need to accomplish.
Some days are better than others. But I have discovered that I need to work on my mental focus.
“A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Ben Franklin
Start with the Goal
Every day I have a million little distractions that can draw me off course. It’s even easier if I don’t have a plan for the day. So, I have learned and trained myself to stay focused on the end goal; for my personal, relational, and professional life.
I remember when I first started my coaching practice. There was enormous pressure to “make money” and provide for the family. And as any small business owner can confirm, without a plan, I can waste a lot of time and resources pursuing things that don’t matter.
Here’s a life rule: Take Life As It Comes
- Develop a plan for your personal, relational, and professional life
- Get feedback on the plan and track it
- Work toward the goal a little bit each day
- Recruit some accountability to keep you on track even when life takes a turn for the worse
Remember, we live in a broken world, and something will go wrong or grab our attention from what matters. Therefore, keep moving your plan forward a little bit each day.