I don’t know about you but it’s really easy for this Direction Diva to get off track with my thinking if I’m not careful. And this week it’s been tough to get my mindset focused where it needs to be.
Every channel, station and feed is filled with controversy either about politics, terrorism and the American Sniper movie. Today the latest reports are that some people feel that this movie is now responsible for the latest terror threats. These threats already have many of us in the military community on high alert and tuning in, so the fuel on the fire is making it even harder to get away from.
This morning I had a conversation with a fellow milspouse that got me to thinking about where my attention has been. I realized that by inundating myself with the media’s interpretations and predictions of what is to come, I’ve gotten caught up in the negativity. Yes…Judy Davis, the Direction Diva has lost herself and her way AGAIN…CRAP-Tastic!
Over the course of the last 10 days, I have found myself listening to the news more, tuning in to conversations I typically wouldn’t and thinking about all the “bad” things that are happening more often than not. I have noticed that I have become fearful, thinking about all the “what-ifs”. I have begun questioning what I am doing in my businesses. More importantly I realize that I have allowed myself to enter into a cycle of thoughts, emotions and stressors that do me no good.
The sad part was that the media has sucked me in, they have done their job…grrrr! They have me “tuning in” so that I don’t miss something that might affect my life or be the key to fixing whatever is wrong in the world (as if that is even possible). The media are designed to “help” us by keeping us informed. NOT.
In actuality they have me thinking in a way that brings me down and makes me focus on all that is wrong in the world. They have me questioning my goals and have me worrying about the future. And frankly my head hurts from all the coverage of drama, tragedy and crisis – I mean ISIS!
Before the media “got a hold of me”, I was happily moving forward, making progress towards my goals. But, this little detour that I have been on these past 2 weeks has me searching, questioning and spinning in a way I haven’t done in a long time.
Maybe you feel the same way with how the media portrays our world. So what can we do about it? What can we do when we are inundated by all that is wrong in the world?
We can begin by tuning out the media and getting back on track. We can start to focus on what is going right, and use that to begin to take action that moves us forward. This “economy” doesn’t have to be a distraction, the media doesn’t have to control you, in fact it can be the motivation that keeps you moving no matter what stands in your way.
For me it was the politics, threats of terrorism and the continual coverage of the negative stories surrounding the American Sniper movie that took my focus away. For you there may be some other catalyst that has you on a detour, but no matter what it is, it is important to get back on track, and the following steps can help you do just that.
- Determine what catalyst has caused you to lose focus and taken you off track
- Make the conscious decision to reduce or eliminate the distraction.
- Focus on where you want to go
- Decide what actions you can take that will refocus your efforts and get you back on track.
- Take action
- Review and take notice all that you are doing right and continue to do what is working
What takes you off track and how do you get back on track?
~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com