What's Your Priority?
When you start to work on a project, have you ever have something else come up that needed your attention? It dragged you away from your priority, while you dealt with the more immediate concern. Did this develop into a pattern for you, so that every time you began to shift your attention to your project, another distraction would arise?
If so, it's an unconscious tactic to resist moving forward with your vision. You may have an unknown block to creating your goal. Or you could be concerned about leaving your comfort zone. Your subconscious is simply giving you the means to stay where you are.
Your priority is whatever goal or vision you're currently working on, and the steps that can bring it into reality. This could be making your business a success, improving your health, or cleaning out the garage. It needs to be attended to before you deal with anything else. And your priority takes precedence over anyone else's demands on you.
Resistance can take many aspects. You can recognize it if you're procrastinating some action having to do with your goal. Washing the dishes first could be an excuse to avoid dealing with your priority. If you want to reduce weight, and decide to have that slice of pie at a party, then you're giving in to the part of you that doesn't want that slim figure. Or you could just keep postponing diving into a project that needs to be done. All of these are subconscious devices to keep you where it feels familiar.
It's also easy for life to distract you from what's significant. So many other things demand your attention when you're trying to fulfill your priorities. Answering email, washing the dog, a friend calling you in distress can all be excuses not to put your needs first. Whatever you pay attention to, even if it's something that's been thrust on you, becomes your priority for that moment. You have to consciously make a choice of what is most vital to you.
When other things clamor for your attention, and you focus on them and ignore your goal, you're giving your subconscious the direction to continue to keep you off track. Unless you take action on your goal first, your subconscious will continue to divert you. It follows your direction. When you let yourself be distracted, it takes the message that you want it to continue to undermine your goal.
You have to determine what needs your attention now, and what can wait for a few hours. It's hard not to confuse the immediate from the urgent. An email that needs to be answered today means that it can be responded to later. It can be put off until after you spend time on your goal.
If you have something that's urgent, it needs to be addressed before you work on your goal. For instance, a computer crash prevents you from doing your work. The computer has to be fixed before anything can be done in the area of your business. A crisis can deter you for a short time. But when it's over, get refocused and back on course.
Suppose your goal is to eat healthier and avoid sugar. When you have dinner at your mom's, your priority is to pick the foods that fit your plan. Even if she's upset when you don't have a piece of her chocolate cake, choose to stick to your goal. Your seeking health trumps her being offended. Besides, shouldn't she support your goal to be healthier?
When you have a goal, you have to create the plan to achieve it. You'll develop steps, and then prioritize them, figuring out what comes first, then second and so on. Each day, make your vision your priority and take some action towards it. Only by doing so will you undo the resistance that has been trying to sabotage your plans.
Distractions will diminish, and you'll handle them better, because your subconscious will get the message that you intend to fulfill your desire. As you make your vision a priority, you'll be creating the habit of attending to it a step at a time. Step by step, you'll get to your goal, and your vision will become a reality.
Copyright © 2009-2017 Linda Ann Stewart
As a speaker, personal and professional development coach, and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to focus, prioritize and break through so they build more business and create a consistent income. Sign up for her FREE guide, "Take Control of Your Day," at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/guide-takecontrol.html.You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.
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