For the most part, the rest of us are distracted, disengaged, and bogged down with irrelevant things that people insist we have. In fact, the Federal Banking Minister from the Free Republic of the Province of Tanzania just sent me a lovely note yesterday!
Anyway, this week, I decided that instead of simply deleting newsletters and group invitations that keep arriving in my in-box, I would actually unsubscribe. As I was doing this, I realized I never actually signed up in the first place! These people found me, and now they claim they are, “Sorry to see me go.” They ask in the unsubscribe message, “Why are you leaving?” Ugggh.
I’ll tell you why: I’m putting my attention elsewhere.
Do you think you’re pretty good at paying attention? Do you recognize any of these 7 phrases? Have you used any or all of these in the past week?
1. “I must have been asleep at the wheel.”
2. “Where is my head?”
3. “I didn’t notice.”
4. “Where was I when all this was happening?”
5. “Are you sure you told me??”
6. “I’m on autopilot.”
7. “I’m in such a fog.” Translation: My head is up my rear end.
What can you do right now to commit to paying closer attention? What distractions and mental clutter do you have to clear out so you’re fully present —in business and life? Give people in your life a wonderful gift that’s absolutely free. It’s the gift of your attention.
(Photo Credit: Krossbow)