“If you don’t separate yourself from distractions, your distractions will separate you from your vision/goals and the life you want.” Steve Harvey
Tik Tok, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat… These apps are on the average teens’ “smart” phones.
Then most of us have as much entertainment as we can possibly ever consume between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, ESPN, etc.
It’s a fantastic time to be alive.
As a kid growing up in the 70s and ‘80s being bored in the car was a typical experience.
My older sister Mindy and I would fight and my parents would try to distract us with games and threats of constantly pulling the car over.
Today, we should have a funeral service for boredom. We didn’t just cure it like a sickness, we killed it!
I’m writing this from a busy coffee shop in Austin and everyone is either on a laptop or their phone. Like, everyone except the employees who may actually be genuinely bored. In that case, the demise of boredom may be greatly exaggerated…
My observation is simple:
When you don’t have a purpose everything’s a distraction.
I know there were times in my life when my purpose wasn’t crystal clear and I was so easily distracted by life’s daily pleasures.
The next time you find yourself bored waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for a friend to arrive at the coffee shop watch your mind.
Is your instinct to distract yourself? Or is your purpose so strong and so vivid and so exciting your mind goes to solving the next problem and avoiding pleasure?
“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams”. –Derek Sivers