We are all presented with a million priorities, constantly clamoring for our attention, from the minute we wake up, to the minute we double-check to make absolutely sure we don’t have any more Facebook notifications as we fall asleep. (I can’t be the only one who does that… right??)

How do we accomplish our goals, being dragged in so many directions?

It’s hard, perhaps, but there’s no other answer than this: we have to cut out distractions and focus on what’s most important.

If it’s not important, it has to go. Our time is too short, too precious. Seconds, minutes, hours, days of wasted time on things that didn’t matter and didn’t help us to become better people.

Don’t get me wrong, balance is important. Things that help us maintain balance are important. Entertainment serves that purpose within the context of that balance.

However, when entertainment of any kind, be it social media, video games, sports, tv shows, even reading (trust me we’ve all got something), exceeds that balance, I have to re-think what I’m doing and prioritize my focus.

I’m going to try to do that. I’m the first to rely too heavily on entertainment. I’m going to make a list of all the activities I engage in daily, and cut out as many as I can of the things that take me from my goal of being the best husband, father, son, friend and brother I can be.

Time, and the power to focus my mind, are the two biggest gifts I have been given to get there, and I’m going to hone those in.

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