Sidetracked

We can all become easily sidetracked. We can be reading something online and notice something interesting (aka click-bait) or we can be watching a film and then we want to find out where it was made, that then leads to ‘I wonder what else happens in…’ and then ‘oh look! holidays to…’ and 2 hours later the thing we were going to start after watching the film didn’t happen, the internet whisked us off into a vortex of avoidance and distraction. The web is a limitless pit of things to distract, which the mind loves.

The main reason we get sidetracked, especially when we are about to start something, is the mind wants us to avoid being present and focused in this moment, it will want to be in the future or in the past, both will prevent us from doing. It wants to sabotage as starting creates a risk for the ego.

To stay out of the mind means taking a step into the unknown and uncomfortable. This will require bravery, vulnerability and a willingness to be present and conscious of this moment.

Being sidetracked allows us to think and feel like we are busy and it blocks us from thoughts of the things that matter that we could be doing. The challenge is, once we have snapped out of the sidetracked vortex, the mind then makes us feel guilty about not doing something more fruitful.

This leads to the ‘catch 22’ of feeling guilty for not doing so we do not relax and then we required to take action we are resentful as we did not enjoy guilt-free relaxation time.

The solution is a simple, yet hard initially, thing to do…stay conscious, stay focused, remove distraction and show-up. Dare to be brave and get started, stop the thinking.

Being on the network ensures no value

In today’s networked world of the internet, Google, social media, e-mail, podcasts, blogs, and the list goes on, it is easy for others to find someone who is doing better work than us if we opt for mediocre or just good enough.

The best work we are capable of now is all that we can aim for and that requires us to focus on that thing and that alone.

Therein lies the paradox, we have the amazing opportunity of a potentially limitless audience for our work. However, the more time we spend in the shallow networked world, the poorer our focus will be on producing our best work.

Working in depth and with total focus on work that really counts is the skill that will enable us to survive the networked world and become valuable. Nothing of any great value comes easy or is produced without a deep focus.

Being constantly on the network will ensure we build no value.