“Starve your distractions, feed your focus.”
It is imperative that we recognize how much control we have over our own lives. We control what we take in and what we give away. In today’s quote Daniel Goleman encourages us to starve our distractiuons. Distractions only become powerful if we all let them to be. If we learn to ignore them, they will diminish and become non existent. He goes on to say that when starve those distractions, we can feed our focus. All of our energy can be put into what matters most to us. It allows us to become more centered. More balanced.
You may have heard of the story about the old Cherokee who was teaching his grandson about life and of the constant fight that is within each of us. The fight is between two wolves. “One is evil-he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity guilt, resentment, inferioritym lies, false pride, superiority and ego. He went on, “The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson considered this and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
To “feed” a wolf is to give our attention it. We give it the energy it needs. In doing so it not only dominates our thoughts but controls our narrative. The evil wolf reflects scarcity thinking—the good wolf an abundance mindset. We feed what we focus on. Let’s make sure we focus on the right things that will keep us on the path, not take us off of it.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?