Every time we plan to do or think something different, we are given tests to see if that is what we really want. Theses usually show up in the form of distractions or negative thoughts. Recognize these as old limiting beliefs and release them. Or you can transform them into new positive thoughts by declaring in the moment that you choose to stay in alignment with what you want. These may show up in the form of phone calls or emails that make no sense, or people that seem to take up your time. Don’t bother with these, they are just distractions and will only set you back. The best way to know if things are a distraction is to pay close attention to your feelings, then ask yourself, am I giving my energy to what I don’t want? What we are actually doing is creating new beliefs. Once we remove the old beliefs, then we will not be effected by them if they show up again.
As I was trying to think of a good example while writing this, I received a text message on my cell phone. It was someone who I didn’t know that said, “Hi I found you and wanted you to check out my profile on friend-trip.org. I was actually expecting something like this to happen as I was writing this. This has happened in the past and I gave about an hour to it before I realized that it was a distraction. Anyway, I typed in the address on-line and it redirected me to a different site that was prompting me to join a membership site. Then I did a Google search for the “friend trip.” Nothing made any sense to what I was searching for, so I got in touch with my feelings and realized quickly that this was a distraction. I deleted the text message, stated out loud that I choose to finish putting this program together and not be distracted. I spent less than one minute on that distraction and started writing again. Then I told myself good job and wrote it in my gratitude journal.
Distraction is not always a bad thing, we can use this to help us as well. For example, we might want to intentionally distract ourselves by chewing gum when we are trying to quit smoking, or going for a walk when we a feeling confused, anxiety, and fear, or cleaning house when we are sad, frustrated, or upset. When we find ourselves in a conversation with someone that is leading down a negative road, we can intentionally distract the other person by changing the subject and focusing on the positive side of the conversation. In this way we can use distraction to help us transform old beliefs and habits.
As with all things in life, there is a challenging side and a supportive side, we just need more understanding of them, then we will know how to make them work for us.
Rebekah J Simpson