Hey “everyday, ordinary, unassuming guru” seeking tribe members …. Do you pay attention when such a guru comes along to offer you a fabulous tip on better living? How many Gurus have passed you by, and you’ve not noticed, because your mind was wandering aimlessly? Chris inquires into this (see below)
Hi Mr White,
I am a sophomore in high school. I am going to flunk my classes if my brother gets his way. He is always stealing my attention from what I am trying to study by making outrageous remarks that truly bother me. I don’t know how to deal with this. Any thoughts?
Thank you, Chris Meyers
Well Chris, it seems that your brother gets a big kick out of stealing your attention by making outrageous remarks. And it works! You get all upset and then lose your train of thought on your studies.
You are reading this blog right now because you are concentrating your attention on what is written here. So, you do know how to “pay attention.” What you need more of – it seems to me – is paying attention with a specific intention in mind.
Be intentional about what you are up to when you are studying. Be direct with yourself. “I am going to spend the next 30 minutes on my math homework. I plan to understand what I was taught today, and I will allow no one to get in my way.” Now mean it.
If your brother starts making outrageous remarks, simply ignore what he says and by keeping your focus on your math problems. Allow no one to tug your attention away from what is important to you, Chris. That is a most important Principle of Success.
Practice remaining with your own mind, Chris, allowing no one else to interrupt what you plan to think about. Sustained attention like that will deliver the life you dream of living.
Blessing to you Chris, Rob
Do you have any attention thieves in your community – other folks who try to grab your attention with no respect for what you intend to do? They can only do it if you allow it. Stop allowing it. You are being irresponsible when you allow others to point to what you should think about. Free will is “you” deciding what that will be.
Blessings & love to all of you, Rob
Ps You can have a life that truly interests you if you train your mind to listen to you (not to every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along).