On Monday, we saw that staying on course in life means requires keeping our focus. And focus requires discipline to zero in on the goal and only the goal.

But life pulls us in different directions, often at the same time. And it’s easy to shift our gaze to the side. Jobs. Chores. Kids. Neighbors. Things. Entertainment. Activities.

Every glance can slow us down or distract us from our goal. Looking to the right or the left of the path can even cause us to veer off course and end up further from our destination. Bogged down by busy-ness, we can forget that we were on a journey.

Another way we lose focus is by looking over our shoulder at our past. Either with regret over our mistakes or longing for “the good old days” when things were easier. How can I move forward if I’m looking back?

Staying focused is hard work and it’s easy to get off course onto a tangent. However, when you’ve drifted, recognize it. Shake it off. And get back on track as soon as possible.

What about you? Are you maintaining focus or have you been distracted? Are you more likely to veer to the side or look to the past?

Avoiding Tangents
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  • March 24, 2010 at 5:54 am

    >I never look back. What's done, is done and dusted. And I'm a true believer in that everything happens for a reason. 🙂

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