I love “The Matrix,” especially that final fight scene when Neo holds up his hand to those oncoming bullets and says, “No,” freezing them in mid-air. We all need to embrace that power of “No.” There are distractions in our lives that take us away from our real purpose, and we owe it to ourselves to reject them.
Life is full of things that we want to give our attention to. Just as we walk away from one, another pops up.
Anything can be a distraction – a new relationship, food, alcohol, friends and family, TV, a job, whatever. When we are addicted to either avoidance (i.e. procrastination) or the drama that goes on in our lives, we avoid listening to the voice inside us that tells us who we really are and what we really want.
Time goes by – flies by – when we’re not even paying attention. What aren’t you doing with your life? When will you be ready to stop excusing the distractions and finally commit to figuring out exactly who you want to be?
Once you’re aware of the lure of distractions, and you take the time to evaluate how you’ve been living, you can see clearly what’s been working against you. As you shift your life in the direction of how you really want to live it, dig deep within yourself and say no to anything that isn’t moving you toward that goal.
Being genuinely focused on what you want provides an opportunity for clarity, if you’re willing to take it, and you’ll discover that few things are more important to you.
Use the excitement of pursuing your dreams to commit to yourself and your goal. This helps you find the perseverance and tenacity to overcome those alluring distractions.
Decide today to go get everything you’ve ever wanted. Promise yourself that you will finally listen to your heart. Pledge that you will suck it up and do the work that needs to be done, even when you don’t want to, even when others try to sabotage you, and even when it’s scary.
By living with purpose and passion your life will be forever transformed. I promise you. Happiness, satisfaction, contentment, peace, and self-confidence are out there—just waiting for you to pick them instead of your distractions.