Chasing Squirrels

dreamstime_xs_43448794I like dogs, or, more accurately, I like dogs I know and I don’t dislike dogs in general.  I’m more of a cat person.  I can appreciate, though, how dogs get distracted by the smallest things, such as squirrels.  No matter what the dog is doing, a squirrel shows up, and boom—she’s off chasing it.  (Okay, cats are basically the same.  We just can’t see some of the things that distract them.)

Unfortunately, we humans often “chase squirrels” as well.  We can easily become distracted from what we need to do to achieve our goals.  Little things constantly come up, and boom—we’re off chasing them.

If we want to achieve the professional and personal life that we want, it is important that we stay focused on our goals and ignore the “squirrels” that constantly chatter at us.  It’s acceptable to tell people “no.”  It’s acceptable to let unimportant things slide.  And although some squirrels are fun to chase, does doing so help you reach your goals?

Are you a squirrel chaser?  Could you achieve more if you ignored those darn squirrels?

Focus on the Results

dreamstime_xs_37583472We all have things that we do not like to do. However, we also need to do these things to get the results that we want. It helps to focus on the results.

For example, I do not like sending out invoices. It’s paperwork that needs to be done, but it’s dull. However, I really like getting paid. When I focus on how I will get paid sooner if I send out invoices sooner, it makes the task more tolerable.

The same can apply to our personal lives. I like having a clean, uncluttered house. (I do not think I am obsessive. My husband might disagree.) I hate house cleaning. When I am cleaning house and focus on how much I do not want to do it, it makes a disagreeable situation worse. When I focus on how great the house will look when I am done, and how good that will make me feel, the situation is better.

Are there things in your life that you do not like to do? Would it help to focus on the results rather than the unenjoyable task?