Distractions are everywhere! Many of us might even suffer from what one of my mentors refers to as “Shinning Bright Object Syndrome.” Where one struggles to keep their focus on one or two things but wants to do everything, or allows every little something to distract them because they lack the commitment and self-discipline to maintain focus and boundaries. I think the dog in the movie “Up” describes this syndrome the best. You know the dog who in the middle of conversing with someone goes, “Squirrel!” because his attention is distracted and stolen away. The truth is you don’t have to participate with the distractions if you don’t want to. You can discipline your mind and have such keen focus that you notice the disturbances but you don’t engage.
Many overachievers and perfectionist struggle with this so-called syndrome. They want to do everything; they want to learn everything; they want to be able to do it all. The reality is you cannot do it all, and why would you want to? Deep down, you really don’t want to do it all. Sometimes we want to overcompensate for what we feel we may be lacking when in reality the only thing we may be lacking is an invincible mindset, which would tell us who we are and how loved we are by the Father.
If you are finding yourself in this predicament, I encourage you to reevaluate your goals. What are you trying to do? Is this shiny distraction really going to benefit you or can you delegate to someone else or omit it entirely? How can you refocus yourself when a novel idea comes your way? Is this idea something that I genuinely desire to do, or is it driven by fear?
That last question is one we need to contemplate more on before our focus becomes consumed by things that will put us off our track.