90. It's Time to Block Out Distractions

There is so much noise in the atmosphere. On a daily basis we're bombarded with sales pitches, gossip, the trending comedy sketch on TV (some would even call this a press conference from government officials), useless memes, reality shows, you name it.

On the journey of following our dreams, we're met with the onslaught of distractions that threaten to throw us off our path and keep us from our destiny.

One of the main reasons why it has taken me so long to get on the track of success is because I was distracted. I was so worried about reading negative comments on YouTube videos, retweeting snarky one-liners on Twitter, or getting all riled up by political conversations that I couldn't get anything done. NOT ANYMORE.

This may sound a bit harsh, but I've purged a lot of people from my life. If you call me only to complain about your job, speak negatively about someone, or embody the antithesis of positivity, then I cannot associate myself with you. I cannot be around that energy anymore.

Negative energy is a distraction that infects our spirit. 

And that's one thing that I don't want to be: infected by negativity. The way I avoid distractions is by blocking out the noise. I am reminded each day that I must be transformed by the renewing of my mind. This means that

I cannot invite certain opinions, ideologies, or energies into my mind because I will start to take on the very thing that's harming me spiritually. 

One thing that has worked for me is reducing television time. There used to be a time when I was addicted to television. LITERALLY. The TV was pretty much one of those central things in my childhood homes (yes homes; I bounced from one relative's house to the next).  

Family Matters, Moesha, Fresh Prince, Martin, Living Single, and any Nickelodeon show in the 90s practically helped raise me as a kid (and yes, this is why I had to write a whole book about young folks in 1996. Pretty ironic that this is the 90th post, too. Hmmm). Besides reading books, you could catch my eyes glued to the TV.

 Nickelodeon was my world in the 90s. EVERY. THING.

Nickelodeon was my world in the 90s. EVERY. THING.

As I've gotten older, however, things have changed. Television, just like certain social media aspects like reading negative comments, no longer hold my interest. I spend more time with the TV off more than anything. Why? I'm working on my craft and reading as much as I can.

I refuse to allow the darkness of the world to throw me off path. And, when it tries to rise against me, God redirects my steps.

I'll give you a quick example. A couple of days ago, I decided to take a break from writing. I just came off a 13-hour work day, and I just wanted to relax and do some leisure web-surfing. I was so into researching some makeup products and reading reviews about them that I literally stumbled upon an unsecured review site. A pop-up threatened my phone with a virus.

 I can't STAND these darn things. 

I can't STAND these darn things. 

Talk about heart almost stopping! I was so upset about the potential threat that I allowed that one message to ruin about 2 hours of my night. It also left me unproductive. Once I handled the problem, though, I realized something.

The unexpected message about a potential virus was a personal message for me. If you drift too far from the path that you're supposed to be focused on, you'll end up in a danger zone. Stay focused. Don't allow distractions to thwart you.

I said all of that to say: I'm focused. I'm focused on my goals and all that I've ever wanted to accomplished. Do I watch television sometimes? Of course. When I do happen to watch TV, it's sports related (hoping that the Houston Rockets can do something this year).

 I also don't mind the Spurs. Dallas on the other hand? Well...

I also don't mind the Spurs. Dallas on the other hand? Well...

I happened to like the Lemony Snicket series on Netflix and the New Edition movie on BET, which I thought was well done. I also enjoy business-related shows on CNBC and a very well-written show called Queen Sugar on OWN. The first season of that show hasn't been on since November of 2016, though.

 Amazing show. Well-written, beautifully shot, and features some good looking people!

Amazing show. Well-written, beautifully shot, and features some good looking people!

Am I a TV junkie? No. Actually, I may watch all of 1-2 hours of TV a week (if that). It just doesn't appeal to me anymore. Do I watch the news? Sometimes. My husband is a regular watcher so I can't escape it, even when I try to avoid. Does this mean I don't care about what's happening in the world? Far from it. In fact, the reason I am fueled to create, uplift, inspire, and encourage is because we need all those things now more than ever.

In closing:

Allow your gifts to shine in world. Create something of meaning and block out the noise trying to disrupt your journey.