Our number one culprit for incomplete goals in 2020 will be distraction caused by the lack of focus. Even though this may come off as a negative; it is not, and this is true.
“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”G.K. Chesterton
2019 is gone and it left behind only the reflections. Visions are casted, Goals are set, and all the New Year festivities are nothing but a blurred memory as we welcome a fresh start in 2020 with open arms. “New Year, New Me!”
However, the “NEW” cannot be expected in 2020, with the OLD habits of 2019. If we change our mentality, our habits will change. If our habits change, our “new me” will follow.
It will not surprise anyone if several of our goals are not completed in the timely manner we envisioned for various
excuses, reasons. Time and thought went into casting visions, setting goals, challenging ourselves and mentally preparing to go to the next level. Sadly, after the first quarter, many will abort what they started in January. Some, expect it. Leaving behind only foot prints of unfinished business. Gym regimens and diets are long forgotten by the time Valentines rolls around.
Goals are abandoned after suddenly facing adversity. Unexpected road blocks arise and are never broken through. By year end, we reflect and some of our goals never even got off the ground. Why? The answer is quite simple. How focused were we from the beginning? Our FOCUS quickly died and DISTRACTION was born.
Distraction will trample on all of our goals if we are not truly committed to the vision we casted. Distraction is harvested in the season where focus was not sown. There is no room for distraction in 2020. Distraction encompasses the mind and entraps our creativity. As long as we are in a state of distraction, our mind surrenders the opportunity to create, discover, and innovate. Time is wasted; talents and gifts decay and wither because everything around us demands of our attention.
Your Mind is in High Demand by people, products, social media, career, education, family. Everything requires a certain level of attention, some rightfully so. Social media culture searches for creative ways to get more followers and likes. Brands persistently discover new trends for others to influence. Web sites develop more products for others to retweet and blog about. Everything demands of our mind and our attention.
How can we remain focused on our vision when everything in our culture and society begs for our attention? Streams of marketing rush through every angle as we incline our mind to it all. We lose focus and lose sight of our goals simply because our Mind is in High Demand.
Stay focused in 2020, protect your mind, do not settle for mediocracy in 2020. Let nothing distract you or steal away your focus from what you have already set yourself to do.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV)