I cannot begin to imagine the power of attention.
This morning I turned my phone off for several hours and wow… I got more done and had more focused time than I have had in a while.
Each text message shouts for attention. Each email vibration demands a split second of distraction. A mini moment of decision.
Will I continue working on my current project or go check my inbox?
I get upset at myself that I can be so easily distracted.
Nonetheless, I realized how absolutely powerful attention is.
Whatever I give my attention to is what I can get accomplished. Nothing more, nothing less.
Attention. Attention. It’s a super precious thing. Protect it with all might. (Talking to myself.)
Then about noon I noticed a tweet by Donald Miller:
Keep your phone off in the morning until you’ve finished working on your most important project. Do this for a year and you’ll run the world.
Wow. Right on. That’s what I’ve discovered. At least the first part.
Looks like we both had a similar morning of making good progress. Maybe because we share the same family name.
In recent years we’ve heard lots about attention-deficit disorders. I don’t doubt that there may be legitimate claims to this. However, healthy people sometimes use the ‘disorder’ as an excuse and welcome the disorder that hadn’t existed.
I believe that what we say matters a whole lot and makes a big difference in our lives.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
I think this makes it real simple. We can categorize what we say— would it fit in the life category or the death category.
Then, if we use the life category, words, we’re welcoming life.
If we use the death category, words we’re welcoming death.
What can you tell me about your experiences with attention or focus? Thanks for your visit. If you read this, I’d be delighted if you would comment below.