This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.
-- William Lyon Phelps

 

 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Strong and compelling purpose

If you’re too easily distracted, don’t blame the distractions. Instead, consider how you could make your work more meaningful and compelling.

Rather than fighting against the distractions, overpower them. Seek to put things in your life and your work that are so interesting and captivating that the plain old ordinary distractions are left with no way to compete.

It’s much easier for the little, meaningless things to distract you if you’re subconsciously looking for things to distract you. The more you focus on what’s truly important in your life, the less you’ll be knocked off your task by distractions.

Imagine what you could focus on that would get you totally engaged and absorbed and immune to just about any kind of distraction. Imagine what things would be so thoroughly meaningful to you that it would be nearly impossible to pull you away from them.

You owe it to yourself to follow a strong and compelling purpose. You owe it to life to work toward the achievement of those things that mean the most to you.

Instead of letting yourself be too easily distracted, allow yourself to be filled with enthusiasm for following your authentic purpose. The more energy you give to what matters, the less you’ll be bothered by what doesn’t.

— Ralph Marston

 

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