Fred’s favourite activity was going for an afternoon swim with his community school. What does he discover when, one day, he allows distractions to get the better of him, and they leave him behind to fend for himself?
Fred the fish loved swimming around in unison and feeling like a part of something important. He also felt very safe being with the other fish he grew up with.
The one thing that always caught his attention, however, was Joanne, a stunning goldfish from another school. Each time he passed Joanne’s school, he was tempted to stop and say hello to her.
One particular day, Fred decided to give in to the temptation, he darted out of his school and beckoned to Joanne, who was swimming in the opposite direction.
“Hey there,” said Fred to Joanne. “I’m Fred! Do you want to be friends?”
“Hi Fred, it’s very nice to meet you,” replied Joanne as she continued to swim with her school. She then said, “It looks like your school is leaving you behind!”
Fred stopped following Joanne when he realized that he had allowed the distraction to take him off course. He immediately started to worry about how he would be reunited with his school.
Thank goodness that Fred’s school always passed by Joanne’s community on the way back home. Pretty soon, he saw them coming along and jumped for joy.
“There they are! They’re coming back,” screamed Fred with excitement.
As soon as they got close enough, Fred jumped back in with the group. He was very relieved to be back where he belonged. He vowed to never allow distractions to tempt him again and would get get back on track and stay focused.
Moral: it’s important to ignore distractions and stay on course
Fred loved being a part of his community school. He liked what they did together and was proud of their formations. He also enjoyed belonging to a team that was focused on set goals each day.
There came a time, however, when Fred got a little sidetracked. Distractions started to take their toll. Eventually, Fred gave in and lost sight of his school. That, naturally, led to a break in the flow towards his goal.
Distractions seem most attractive when the going gets tough. When the end is too far away to see, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. Before you know it, you’ve taken several steps back and you’re forced to start building from scratch once more. It is so important to maintain focus, even when you’re weary from pushing and pushing. Even the slightest of distractions can make a complete mess of your progress.
Give yourself the opportunity to realize your truest potential. Anything vying for your attention now is likely going to be around when you achieve your goal. Be patient and pay attention to the mission at hand.
Once you’ve hit the target, take as much time as you want to relax and give attention to other things. Until then, stay the course. Your victories are much more fulfilling when you give everything you have to achieving them.
- What techniques can I use to be more effective at focusing?
- How do I determine if a distraction has the potential to help me reach my goal quicker?
- What advantages are there to keeping my mind on whatever goal I have commited to?
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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor