Distractions are a part of life. I see it all the time in working with my golfers. The creators of great golf courses design the holes with distractions in mind. They put trees, sand, water, and other kinds of hazards in interesting places to channel your focus away from the target. Golf would be a much easier game if there was a wide open fairway with a flat, monster-sized green with a big sign that read “Hit it here!” Instead, the sand, the water, and the trees call out for your attention, even if it is only to cause you to think, “I hope I don’t hit it there.”
We use the following math equation in sports performance to help our athletes focus on the goal:
This is true in golf, and it is true in life. Life distractions come in many forms. These distractions are often things we cannot control like the weather, other people’s attitudes, traffic, a death in the family, an unforeseen illness, etc. Some distractions are things that we can control like how we use our time, our attitude and response to circumstances, and the choice we have to live in faith or fear.
The key to using the equation above is stay focused on the principles and activities that will enable us to maximize our potential while utilizing thoughts and techniques that will minimize the distractions in our life, or at least our focus on them. Maximizing your potential involves operating in your strength zone and doing things that advance the ball toward your goals.
In dealing with distractions, we have an axiom that says: “Whatever you choose to focus on magnifies in size.” Going back to golf, if a golfer continues to think about the sand, it will become as big as a beach in Florida in their mind. If instead, he or she chooses to focus on the target, the target will become bigger and more real in his or her mind.
What is distracting you from becoming all that you can be and achieving your goals? I hope that you can use this equation and axiom to pursue your potential and realize the opportunities in front of you. Don’t allow the distractions of this world to detour you from the destination of your life.
In your daily life, do you focus more on distractions or your goals? What helps you to stay focused on achieving your goals?