Distractions Are Dangerous [Food for Thoughts]

Distractions are Dangerous

Recently, I got in my car, and, as I pulled away from my driveway and started to go my way, I noticed a mosquito on my windshield (in the car, on the passenger side). As my car was already in motion, I thought, “I won’t stop in the middle of the street to deal with this mosquito; I’ll simply wait for the next red traffic light.” I figured it wouldn’t take long since the main street near my house has many traffic lights.

Well, lo and behold, on that day, all the traffic lights seemed synchronized to green. This created a problem for me because I had to pay attention to the road while there was a mosquito in my car. This unwanted passenger was very distracting, as I didn’t want to lose sight of it. But I knew that, if I focused on it, I would certainly lose control of my car and get into an accident.

It was very difficult to stay focused with that mosquito figure skating on my windshield. To avoid putting myself and others in danger, I had to make a conscious effort not to allow myself to get distracted.

In hopes that the wind would blow this intruder out of my car, I put my windows down. The mosquito disappeared, and I thought my plan had work. But, as I was celebrating its departure, it reappeared. “Stay focus on the road”, I repeated to myself.

Finally, the stars were aligned… I arrived at a stop sign. The mosquito was near the passenger window, which I lowered quickly one more time (thank God for electric windows). When I started to move again, the mosquito flew out the window. I immediately closed the window, and smiled in victory.

The whole thing lasted about 15 minutes. And, during that time, I had to force myself to stay focused on driving, because everything in me wanted to deal with that mosquito—before it dealt with me.

It’s interesting that such a minuscule thing like a mosquito can be a very dangerous distraction. Imagine the newspaper headline: “Man wrecks his car because of a Mosquito!” or “Man Blames Mosquito for Causing Accident!”

Distractions are dangerous; they monopolize your attention and steal you away from your high-value activities. Learning to ignore distractions and to focus on the task at hand is vital.

Focusing on distractions while neglecting important activities is like trying to deal with a mosquito while driving a car: you risk losing your way and land somewhere you never intended to. This is a dangerous way to conduct your life.

Driving requires concentration, and, if you’re to make it safely to your destination, you must avoid all distractions. Likewise, if you’re to reach your goals any time soon, you must resist the appeals of the numerous distractions that try to sidetrack you.

Distractions aren’t worth you jeopardizing your goal, no more than a mosquito is worth getting into an accident.

Question: How do you deal with distractions in your life? I’d love to read your thoughts on this. You can leave a comment by clicking here.