So, I have this new project that I’m working on, and delivery is in a couple of weeks. Everything is coming together nicely. I’m pumped and most of all I’m focused. This project takes advantage of my natural talent and creativity. It’s been taking up my head space and physical energy as well.
Then bam! Out of nowhere I was made aware of something that was happening ‘behind my back’ for a while. Again, I am a babe caught in the woods. Basically, my modus operandi has always been to mind my life and although sometimes I am sensitive to contrary vibes around me, I really don’t pay them any mind. My focus has always been on God, my family, my purpose and how I can help make the world and someone else’s existence a little better. For me there is no time or energy left to sweat the small stuff.
Suffice it to say, I was caught off guard but surprisingly I wasn’t as affected as I would have been maybe two years ago. I have grown in every possible way and for that I am grateful.
I slept soundly that night and when I awoke for devotions in the morning, I realized that I was still thinking about what transpired the night before. And just as suddenly as I realized where my thoughts were taking me, I began rebuking the enemy of distractions. I discerned very quickly what he was trying to do, and I immediately took authority over the spirit of distraction and brought my straying thoughts to a screeching halt.
I knew that my focus was under attack. Whenever what you purpose to do threatens the enemy’s kingdom, he will send the spirit of distraction after you. He did that to David and Samson, and as long as life lasts, we will be confronted with this demon as well. But here are a few points to bear in mind whenever you feel your focus slipping.
FAITH – have faith in your God, yourself, your purpose and the process. You were created with purpose in mind and God is able to finish what He has begun in your life. Stay connected to Him. He is your enabler.
ORGANIZE – write down your thoughts, your visions, your goals. Create plans that will help you to chart your progress in fulfilling your goals. Refer to them often to keep yourself on track.
CONCENTRATE – tackle each task one at a time so as not to become overwhelmed. Keep your goals in sight and don’t let anything or anyone take you off your grind.
UNDERSTAND – having a good grasp/working knowledge of who you are, your purpose (why you were placed on the planet) and your destiny goes a long way to helping you to remain focused. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get widsom: and with all they getting get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Sound advice I would say.
SPEAK – affirm yourself with positive words. Emotions have their place but pandering to the ones that are negative hinders progress. Tell yourself often “I can do this” and go out and do whatever it is you have been putting off, for other lesser important things.
Here’s an analogical question for you. What if when you lay your head down on your pillow, in the quiet of the night you hear a singing. The singing gets closer and closer and then you realize it’s a mosquito that is aiming for your ear. What will you do? Would you sit up in bed and gripe about the mosquito and how it’s preventing you from falling asleep? Or will you take action so that you can get back to dreamland?
It’s the same way, when you are on purpose, you should not let anything deter you. Don’t take time to reason with the spirit of distraction. Recognize it for what it is. Deal with it and get right back to doing what needs to be done to get that much closer to your destiny. Focus!