When former NBA basketball player Kevin Johnson was in high school, he was practicing alone in the gym one Saturday night. The janitor asked him why he was not out partying like everyone else. Johnson responded, “parties won’t get me where I want to go.”
Johnson was not going to let anything take his focus away from his dreams.
He was indistractable.
Distraction is normal in our society today.
People must deal with the constant battle for their attention from their cell phones and social media. Things that are perfectly designed to capture your attention.
The constant buzzing, alerts, and notifications create an enormous fear of missing out (FOMO) that is virtually impossible to resist. Technology is a huge challenge, but it is not the only one. Distractions can also come from your boyfriend/girlfriend, video games, or a number of other areas.
Reggie Jackson said, “In spite of all the distractions, stay focused on the job.” If you want to succeed, you must learn to manage the distractions in your life. They aren’t going away!
Here are three things you can do to become indistractable:
- Control your digital life so it doesn’t control you. Turn off all of your alerts and notifications. Instead of constantly checking, give yourself specific times to check in throughout the day. When you give yourself specific time to surf, browse, or be on social media guilt free, it is easier to keep from getting distracted at other times.
- Turn the things you value into your time. If you want to make the varsity, commit to practicing a certain number of hours each day. When you make a commitment with yourself to do something for a specific amount of time, it is easier to stay focused on your goals.
- Surround yourself with people who have the same mindset and goals as you. When those around you believe in and support your purpose, it becomes easier to say no to unnecessary and unwanted distractions.
Consistency Connection: If you want to achieve your dreams, learn to focus your time and energy consistently. Distractions pull your attention away from the work required to be great. Be indistractable and keep your eyes on the prize.