3 Common Distractions Towards Success And How To Eliminate Them

Every day we are bombarded with distractions that keep us from achieving our goals in the time we set them out for. Some distractions, like family, roommates, and the inner circle, are unavoidable and require tact to work through. Others, like the internet, are completely avoidable and just takes a high degree of self-control to conquer. Here are three common distractions that keep us from achieving our goals and how we can work through or around them to accomplish what we set out to do.

1. The Internet

The internet is the event horizon of a black hole: once you’ve reached a certain point, there’s no coming back. In terms of distractions, what that means is once you’ve allowed a certain amount of negative or useless material into your mind, you’re doomed to be pulled into a vortex of negativity and unproductivity the rest of the day.

Keep in mind that negativity and unproductivity are two different things. Negativity can lead to unproductivity, but positive experiences, such as getting online with friends for games during a time designated for self-development, is also unproductive.

Social media, Facebook in particular, is usually the culprit for wasted time. It’s scrolling interface, content variety, and mass appeal make it nearly impossible to stay away from for more than twenty four hours. YouTube is a close second, with endless video and streaming content making it too easy to get sucked into for hours.

Although it’ll take an astounding degree of self-control, avoiding social media is indeed possible. The key is organization. Set time away specifically for social media. Doing so and sticking to your schedule keeps you from constantly scrolling the internet throughout the day, throwing away countless productive hours. I usually set my time to check social media in between my first work session (30-minute break) and two hours before bedtime.

2. Your Job

We often tend to bring our troubles from work home with us. On-the-job worries such as deadlines and difficult bosses and co-workers can make leaving work at work easier said than done. However, it’s still critical to your peace and productivity to check all of your problems at the office door.

To help with this, try meditation. Meditation helps you move beyond thought without putting weight to it. At work, of course you have to think about the work you’re doing. But when you’re off the clock and driving home, let all thoughts of work loose and focus instead on the good that’s on your way home. Think about that idea you’re now able to dig deeper into, or the chapter of that self-development book you’re able to finish.

Even if it’s just for five minutes, at least give your mind the chance to get away from your job. If your 9-5 is not a bigger part of your future, ask yourself why you’re stressing so hard. If it is, understand that worrying literally does nothing but take you away from the present moment, robbing you of any opportunity to come up with a solution. If it’s that important, stay at work and take care of it or come home, give yourself a breather, then finish it at home. If not, set away an hour of “worry” time two hours before bed and direct the rest of your time towards productivity and being in the moment.

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3. Your Home Life

Whether you’re a father and trying to juggle children, a husband/boyfriend needing to please his other half, or you have multiple roommates working different hours of the day, home distractions can be a major factor in any road blocks towards your goals. It’s the trickiest of distractions of all to handle because they involve loved ones or ones in your inner circle.

Regardless of relationship, boundaries are critical. Without them, miscommunication occurs, leading to confusion, hurt feelings, frustration, and anger among all parties involved. What you should do is establish “You” time where nothing or no one is allowed to penetrate your wall of concentration. Outside of children and emergencies, that time is reserved for you and should be treated as if you’re punched in at work and on the clock. Friends and family should know not to interrupt you during these hours. If they don’t, you’ll either need to be more firm establishing your boundaries or you’ll need to find somewhere more productive to work where your time and efforts are more respected.

Bottom Line: Distractions happen, but we have a choice how we handle them.

Distractions are going to occur. They’re inevitable as a matter of fact. The key to your own success and happiness, however, is what you choose to do with distractions. You can either succumb to them or overcome them. The choice is all yours. It just takes some guidance and remarkable self-control to achieve.

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Wellness Travel Blog: My Long Story-Short Excuse as to Why I’m Just Now Visiting Colorado

Colorado Has Been A Long Time Coming…

Back when I worked for American Airlines, Colorado was one of my top destinations to hit first. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to. Seattle and San Francisco were up there on the list as well and was able to hit those spots. Not to mention my first non-rev trip internationally was to the Caribbean (Grand Cayman Island), an area prioritized on my destination list. So I can’t say I should be ashamed of my self for not being able to make it to Colorado during my time working for American.

Well. . .

To be honest with you, I’ve had plenty of opportunities. Right off the bat, I’ll name some factors contributing to missing some of my priority destinations:

1. Work

I held two jobs at the time, working 50+ hours a week, 6 days a week. In such a short time frame I could only do day trips unless I got someone to pick up my hours at the airport job.

2. School

At the time I was working my American Airlines job I was in the upper undergrad classes (the 300 and 400 classes. Sorry if I’m confusing you!). The work was getting more stringent, increasing in both quality and quantity. Buckling down was paramount. This meant sacrificing some potential days to hit some hot spots in Denver.

3. A Toxic Relationship

It’s not that I was in a relationship. Couples travel to Colorado all the time. It’s that I was in a bad relationship. Of course, the smaller issues like our time off not aligning played a role in us not being able to get to some of our destinations. The bigger issues, however, were that we just couldn’t get along. And that’s an understatement. We argued and spoiled one another’s energy so frequently that we sucked any enthusiasm out of the will to travel. On our limited time off, we just wanted to be home.

These are all recipes for missed Colorado opportunities. Well, here I am today to tell you I’m finally en route to the Mile High City, Colorado! Land of the beautiful Colorado Rockies (I’m a mountain man regarding visual vitamins). The greatest difference now from two years ago? I’m single. And no, it’s not bashing on the amazing travel and wellness couples who journey the world and grow together. As a matter of fact, you inspire me! I’m sure if you have an IG, FB Page, SC, Twitter, or website and you post frequently about your adventures together I follow you. By being single, I mean I’m away from a negative situation that held me back in more ways than one. Among those things was travel.

Diving Into The Detail. . .

I’d mentioned earlier that one of the things holding us back from ever getting to Denver was our inability to ever mesh our work schedule. Whenever we traveled, either one or both of us had to get our shift picked up or use vacation time. That wasn’t the biggest issue, however, as we were clearly finding ways around our work schedules not meshing. The greatest impact that relationship had on my not just getting to Denver, but broadening my traveling experiences in general, was on my drive. The constant arguing and problems drained me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It threw its muck onto my passion for travel, culture, and exploration. At one point, I wasn’t too sure why I was still working for American Airline, as my drive and motivation for travel had diminished, becoming wrapped in a constant feedback loop since the more I stayed home and missed travel opportunities after hours of work, school, and maintaining a relationship, the more my drive to get out and travel declined.

Needless To Say, A Trip To Colorado Is Long Overdue

This Denver, Colorado trip particularly inspired me to write this because there is more meaning to it. While I was working two jobs at the time, I remember coming to the conclusion that my current way of living was no longer sustainable and that something had to give. Unfortunately, my other job paid the larger portion of my bills, so I knew my time at American Airlines could be coming to a close. One of the trips I had to make before making my decision to leave was getting to Denver. I’m going to make it a goal of mine to visit as many mountain ranges around the world as I can so my own backyard would be a start. Well, things didn’t pan out due to more arguments and unhappiness, and that time came when I had to make a temporary hiatus from the airline industry. It was the beginning of some dark and confusing times in my life.

On a positive note, two years and an Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification later, I’m back in the airline industry pushing for innovation in the Wellness Travel industry while enjoying the revival of a true passion of mine: travel.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of my trip to my Instagram @vitaminvoyager as well as tweet, make Facebook posts on my page, and create videos on my Snapchat of the same username. If you have any recommendations for great local tea/kombucha/smoothie shops, health and environment conscious restaurants, awesome outdoor activities within reach of public transportation, and yoga and meditation retreats/business, please feel free to share them below!

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What Prayer Means To This Soul

What Prayer Means To This Soul

Prayer is an amazing thing. First thing’s first, I’m not a religious man. After a series of events in life, I decided that I will never pray for myself again. I felt that no matter what happened in life, no matter how much you prayed, it was going to happen anyway. All of the negativity, the violence, the injustice, personal life crap, no matter how much I prayed, I realized it was only going to continue to happen as if I didn’t pray at all.

When I first stopped praying for myself, I’ll admit, that it was out of selfishness and resentment; I was tired of being let down. As I started to internalize this, I realized how selfish I was being; who the hell am I to think the Creator is just going to stop working life and the universe just soothe my problems, my bitching and my complaints? My goodness, what a victim. This was when I began to realize that the Creator’s purpose is not to answer my prayers the way that I want him to and cater to me, but to keep the energy and the flow of life going. I can either contribute positive energy and flow into the world or wallow in pity and let the negative energy of the world consume me rather than BE the positive, the light, that I was praying for.
For this reason, I never pray for myself. I only pray for others.

Life is about energy, not personal needs.
Life is about energy, not personal needs.

At the times you need something, anything, during times of stress or despair, is when the Spirit seems to lift you. Someone sending prayers your way, no matter your spirituality, sends such good vibes and energy towards you; it reassures you that you aren’t alone and that other souls care. Even when you’ve given up, the Spirit speaks to you through the prayer of others.

No matter what my situation is, no matter how much danger I’m in, distress, or if I’m just being selfish and wanting something I don’t need, I never pray for it. Ever. If I want it, I’ll plan, envision, then get my ass out there and get it rather than praying for it, then point bitterness towards the wrong entities when I don’t get my way. That’s not how the Creator operates. If I’m in a stressful or dangerous situation, I know that others are always praying for me, so there’s no need to ask for it. FAITH I do believe that is called.

The more I internalized my prayer and made it about me, no matter if I needed it or not, the more selfish I realized that was. When that prayer is received from others, sent outwardly, it carries a different meaning. It’s your Spirit, no matter what you may believe, giving you what you need. When that prayer comes in abundance or at the most unexpected times, when you needed it most, it shows you that you are not alone in your struggles in life. I’m not a religious man, but prayer takes on a whole new meaning to me.

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