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Maybe It Is Our Willingness To Be Distracted

Kyle Cease

“Distractions are by-products of a problem. Something outside of you is pulling you away from yourself or a goal.”

Kyle Cease

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Maybe It Is Our Willingness To Be Distracted

Maybe It Is Our Willingness To Be Distracted

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Kyle Cease

Kyle Cease

“Distractions are by-products of a problem. Something outside of you is pulling you away from yourself or a goal.”

Temptations and Interruptions

Distractions can be either:

  • Temptations: When we take a break from work to check social media
  • Interruptions: When we get annoyed or repeated emails disrupting our workflow.

While we can deal with these external problems, what can be more challenging is our internal urge to be distracted.

Covering Our Fears

Distractions are a way to mask what we are fearful of. Fear is a deception that comes from looking at something you’ve never done. It’s simply how your brain works — it believes anything could be death and everything you’ve already done has proven itself to be safe. Embracing fear makes it lose the grip on us.

Our Insecurities

We are not able to pursue our goals or live a rich enthusiastic life when we feel insecure or lacking, a feeling usually formed in our growing up years. When you’re insecure, the feeling of not being good enough keeps you from pursuing goals and seeking distractions could mean you’re unaware of who you are.

A Sense of Control

A big cause of stress comes from trying to control things that you can’t. And a distraction due to lack of control turns into an excuse, guilt, and credit. People stay distracted, mostly with things that they cannot control, lying to themselves and others that it is the outside circumstances that are making them act this way.

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It's is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so you can create a life of choice, around things that are important to you.

It is the ability to recognize when your attention is being stolen (or has the potential to be stolen) and to instead keep it focused on the activities you choose. 

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