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How to Make the Choice for Better Focus to Move Out of the Fog

You have to make the choice for better focus. Focus defeats distraction. Focus creates purpose clarity. Without focus, the distractions suck you in and drag you down. Focus takes concentration. Distractions attack with a blink of the eye.

You have to practice focus if you are going to build the kind of focus that will defeat the distractions – even the ones you don’t see coming.

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Daily Inspiration and Encouragement

February 26, 2020

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How Do You Make the Choice for Better

Distractions spin around you in every direction. The worst part of distractions is they are on you and have stolen your resources before you realize they are there.

A while back, I was staying up late – too late to admit to – playing game apps on my phone. I would get to bed at a decent time and then make the choice to wind down with just a little time on the phone. One of the games I loved to play I had found through an ad on another game I was playing.

The only upside was that the games were free to play – in the sense that I didn’t have to pay money to play. Of course, not playing meant there were times I would have to wait to have the resources to keep playing so I would play another game while I waited. There is no telling what the games actually cost me in the one resource I could never get back.

I would get caught up in the next round or the next level and before I knew it I would look at the clock which would show it was almost tomorrow.

One day, I was thinking about how much I wasted on the games (or would that be in the games). The games did nothing for me. I didn’t learn anything or prepare for anything playing the games. I convinced myself I would just “play less” before I stayed up until well into tomorrow playing those very games I had determined not to play.

The next morning – although technically it was still that morning – I woke up and deleted all of the games from my phone. The purposeful action created space for more purposeful actions to take place.

There is nothing inherently wrong with playing games on the phone, or watching streaming shows, or attending the next webinar, event, or activity. The wrong part of it occurs when the choice you make distracts you from your better and settles you smack in the middle of where you don’t want to be.

Make the Choice for Better Focus

You have to make the choice for better focus if you are going to live a life of clarity. You can walk through the fog, but just because you can get through it doesn’t mean you are making the most of what you have or where you are or even that you will arrive in a timely manner.

Dare to face where you are and admit that the choices you made are the cause of the fog you are currently walking through.

  • Determine where you want to be. It is simple. If you don’t know where you want to go then you will never be positioned to make the choice for focus to get there.
  • Review where you are. Take an inventory of all that you are doing and evaluate what those things you are doing and doing for you.
  • Get serious. If you aren’t serious about finding your focus then you will continue to wander around in the fog.
  • Get real. It takes sacrifice and investment to get from here to there. How serious are you about making that cut?
  • Make the change. Nothing changes until something changes and you want to be intentional about the changes you create.

You can want all day, but until you move into the want you will be stuck where you are. If you want to have different then make the choice for better focus.

How do you find your way out of the fog?

Challenge for Intentional Actions

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Choice for Better Focus

Where are you?
Why are you?
Where do you want to be?
What will you do?

You have to make the intentional choice for better if you are going to break out of the fog.

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“Things don’t happen to me. They happen BY me.” – Kathryn Lang

It is up to you. You make the choice and you take the action that will keep you wandering in the fog or that will give you the wings to fly into all of your possibilities.

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Scripture Focus

Today’s Readings:

Deuteronomy 19 – 21
Nehemiah 9 – 13
Nahum; Habakkuk
Proverb 26

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Scripture Focus:

“Like a sparrow in its flitting or a swallow in its flying, so a curse without a cause does not alight.” – from Proverbs 26:2

Ponder Point:

Are you annoyed by what they say? Maybe there is something to the words. Often, the words that irritate us sting with a bit of truth. If there is no truth in what they say then make the choice to let it go.

Share Moment:

Think of a time when what God said about you made it possible to ignore what THEY said about you.

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  • “Focus defeats distraction. Focus creates purpose clarity” I love that! Thanks for sharing this truth, I like the fact that you shared a practical example, honestly we all have that unnecessary thing we need to stop that eats into out time! Very insightful

    • Thank you for stopping by. What’s most interesting is that I don’t even miss the games anymore. I am more present when I’m doing something and if it’s not interesting enough to be present then I go do something else. 🙂

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  • “Focus defeats distraction. Focus creates purpose clarity” I love that! Thanks for sharing a practical example. We all have that unnecessary thing we do that eats into our time, we need to stop. Very insightful post.

  • Without focus, we lose focus. Targets work best for me and I do not give room for postponement. I compete against myself and at the end of it, I dance myself silly for having won. It feels good when I look back and realize I didn’t waste time. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

    • I love that you compete against yourself that way. I’m a huge fan of challenges – how fast can I get the dishes washed (and set a timer to see if it happens). And dancing makes everything better.

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