Distractions and bad habits can be changed if you have the honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness to try to change things!
Distractions Are More Of A Problem Than You May Think!
Each One Of Us Has Our Distractions!
The thing about it is, what are we going to do about it? I have found ways to stay on track by avoiding certain situations. I have also noticed specific ways of remembering other things so that when my day gets busy, I don’t forget about important details because of a distraction or multiple distractions. You may think multitasking can be helpful, and to a degree, it can be, but I do not suggest multitasking.
I suggest little things that can become good habits, such as putting something right in front of the door at home or work when you know for sure you will need it. Another good practice to start can be to do certain things at a particular time, such as reading your emails and social media, being disciplined to stick with your new good habit, and working on getting rid of bad habits at the same time.
You need to plan to get ahead!
If you set your priorities up ahead of time, you will be much more likely to get done what you need to do with preferences, including setting boundaries. When we allow distractions to hijack us, we get off track and become a victim of distractions. Set back and analyze what causes you the most distractions, and then cut it off at the pass. This can be done in a very gentle and kind way, by telling others that you will help them, but not at this present time. You might also want to carry a notebook in your pocket with a pen and write quick notes to yourself, so you do not forget and break your word to others.
Below you will see seven ways that Kris Reece clearly describes how we allow different types of distractions to get us off course and even further away from God ~ Bill Greguska.
How Satan Uses Distraction To Get Us Off Track
1. The Comparison Trap
Few things can prevent you from fulfilling your purpose more than comparing your journey with someone else’s. Instead of concerning yourself with where everyone else is, stay in your lane and keep moving forward. God has created you with a unique temperament, passions, and giftings (Psalm 139:13)—discover what they are, place them before God, and ask Him how He might intend for them to guide your way.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. … Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13)
Nothing will keep you focused and on task better than a deadline. Many miss out on living the life they were created for by thinking they don’t have enough time to start it. If I had a nickel for every time someone assumed that they were disqualified because of their age, I’d be rich. God’s plan and purpose will always come to pass, regardless of your age. The only thing He needs from you is willingness.
Many feel they have plenty of time to figure out their lives, leading them to procrastinate on the flip side. We don’t know the number of our days on this earth. Tomorrow is never promised (James 4:13-14). Regardless of how you struggle with time, both mentalities prevent you from staying focused and fulfilling your purpose.
“Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14)
Unforgiveness is like cancer. It eats away at you until even the healthy parts are contaminated. It pulls you in with its desire for vengeance and prevents your life from moving forward. Whatever it was that hurt you, let go of the offense. You’ll free yourself from the weight—God can pay back more abundantly than you ever could yourself.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
4. People Pleasing
There is no way to move forward in all that God created you to be if you are busy trying to please others. Most people pleasers can’t bear to have someone unhappy with them. Don’t miss hearing the beautiful words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” by getting caught up in trying to please people who will likely never be satisfied anyway.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
5. Toxic Thinking
When negative thinking is left unchecked, it spirals out of control and becomes toxic. You begin to believe the thoughts and feelings that keep you stuck in fear. The solution isn’t just positive thinking, but rather challenging the truth of the negative ones. The enemy’s number one target is the believer’s mind; therefore, it is vital to know God’s truth to combat the lies that bounce around in your head.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Are you the type who must have everything go your way? I was, and I delighted in having everything figured out, but when my plans were foiled, I didn’t handle it well at all. I learned that control is a trust issue. Often, our attempt at control is simply an indication that we don’t trust God’s sovereignty. However, when we begin to realize that only He truly knows what’s best for us and His love is so outrageous, we can start to lay town our controlling nature and submit to His perfect will.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
7. Lack of Fairness
From our earliest years, we were taught to treat others with fairness. But God doesn’t say that everything in our life will be fair. Romans 9:15 reads, “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’” God is just, but His favor isn’t always fair. Jesus reminds us, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Don’t lose focus and miss out on living a life of purpose because of any of these distractions. I encourage you to start today to address your distractions and set out to overcome them, and I promise it will be worth the investment.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Kris Reece holds a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Theology. She is a Christian Life Coach, Personal Development Coach, counselor, author of three books, and a contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
In 2007, when I was going through some difficult times of my own, Ron and Sue Sauer, my pastor and his wife, encouraged me to encourage others. They were wise to know that if I were to reach out to others, my problems would be put into better perspective. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 I have learned through all my challenges, no matter how bad things have gotten, the Lord will never leave us. I have experienced this first-hand many times. Deuteronomy 31:6 Having Jesus as my Lord and Savior has given me a new life. I pray you have experienced God's love and faithfulness in your life too, and if so, I encourage you to encourage others, as I have made it a point to do via this website and the life I live for Christ. ~ Bill Greguska