Don't Get Distracted!

No Distractions Today!

Have you ever had someone say or do something that took you away from what you were doing? There are times in life when situations require your attention. For example a family emergency, a task at work or performing a function that could injure you or someone else. The battle for your consideration is always ongoing. Do you want to know what fight is over? The conflict is the battle of the one thing The issue is about what you are to focus on from moment to moment, and you are locked into this covert conflict. The problems are not big things but the small things that pull your attention away from your focus point.

The One Thing

The one thing is your focus, and the tools of misplaced focus come in the form of a distraction. A distraction can be small or significant, but it is involved. It requires your response, it incites your anger, demands that you deal with it now.


Deal With Distractions

Here is how we should deal with distractions. First, consider the outcome if you get involved in the issue. There will be issues that will not have any useful conclusions and run the risk of becoming more complicated. For instance, someone sends you a text in a disrespectful tone. Ask yourself, if you immediately address the issue, will it fix what went wrong? In most cases, the answer is no. So leave it, and go back to what you are doing.

Who is it?

Second, is there a person that is the source of the distraction? People are very skilled distractors, and the word that describes them will help tremendously. The word “distractor” breaks into some exciting fragments.

Let’s look at it the word distractor.

Red Tractor



We have three words and a dominant prefix. The first word we see is tractor, which is used in agriculture to push or pull. In other words, a tractor is used to move something that is too heavy to move any other way.


The next word in the original word is actor. An actor, according to Merriam-Webster “is a person that does not behave genuinely.” Another way to define an actor is one who operates according to a script.


Last but not least is the pre-fix dis. Whenever dis is the prefix, it is always to separate something. For example, disconnect, disassemble, disassociate are pulling one thing from another.


Here is the takeaway.

I believe Winston Churchill says it best “You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.” In essence, he was saying that everything asks for your attention does not need it.


Motivation One Moment At A Time


E.N.Howie is a native Washingtonian who has been fortunate to experience some life-altering circumstances that have given him a different way to look at challenges. In some circles, he would be described as an eternal optimist. He believes there is a bright side to even the darkest of experiences if you will search for the light. He is a husband, mentor, community-centered individual and a sharer of inspiration.