Distractions are a part of life its how you deal with them that will determine your level of career success!
I don’t care who you are, or how much money you have, you will be confronted with distractions throughout your life and your career. Some people deal with distractions better than others, no doubt about it, but we all have to deal with them.
Distractions can be as mundane as television, radio, Internet and video games or as serious as a sick family member, drugs, alcohol or relationship issues. As human beings we all have distractions that can keep us from performing our best in our careers. All of us must deal with distractions. So, before you go into some type of depression thinking that it only happens to you, it doesn’t!
Some distractions are self-induced and some are not. The more serious distractions like dealing with family issues can be very frustrating because in some cases you do not have any control over it. When confronted with these types of distractions the only thing you can do is deal with it and move on with your life.
The distractions that are very destructive and have ruined more careers then you can count are the mundane self-induced distractions. Sometimes these self-induced distractions can become addictive and you can totally lose your focus in your career. This can be drinking alcohol to excess, taking drugs, cheating on your spouse, too much television, radio, Internet, video games, fantasy football, and the list goes on and on.
I know people that know more about the players on their favorite football team then they do about their own careers. I am not kidding you. They will go to an autograph signing or fantasy football camps, but they won’t go to a seminar to learn about their career and how they can be more successful. I also know people out-of-work that play video games all day. Crazy, I know, but it’s true!
Don’t get me wrong you should live life but when you indulge in extra curricular activities in excess it becomes a self-induced distraction. Period. When you learn how to deal with the distractions in your life you will become more successful in your career. It’s that simple. Discipline yourself. Limit your time with television, radio, Internet and video games, if that’s your problem. Get help if you are drinking too much, or taking drugs. Be faithful to your spouse!
Hollywood pushes a total myth when it comes to successful people. They always show very successful people behaving in all sorts of despicable ways. Let me tell you, as a professional recruiter, it’s impossible to cheat on your spouse, drink too much, take drugs, and be involved in all kinds of despicable behavior and still be successful in your career. The only place I’ve seen that work is in the movies!
Most successful people have the discipline to deal with any distractions in their life. Sometimes it’s hard, no doubt abut it, but we all have them it’s how you deal with them that will determine your success. So, get rid of the self-induced distractions in your life! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!