Avoiding The Danger of Distraction

March 28, 2011 — 14 Comments

There are many things that can derail you as a leader. But there is no pitfall more dangerous than distraction.

The following video details the danger and destruction that distraction can cause:

Distraction often leads to destruction. That’s why it’s so important to stay focused.

As a leader, how can you avoid distraction? Here are two ways:

1. Focus on where you are going – The tragic stories in the video were the result of people’s focus being drawn away from the direction they were headed. Keep your destination in full view at all times. Refocus on it every day. Watch your steps carefully, lest they slip. (1 Cor 10:12)

Is your attention on the things around you? It is easy to get distracted by criticism, circumstances, or the past. Driving while looking behind you is dangerous. And many people live life that way. They are consumed┬áby the past. They are totally focused on what’s behind them. It’s important to keep our vision and attention on where we are headed. Where does God want to take your church? Your organization? Your family?

2. Understand that our distractions endanger others – The lives lost due to texting are not just those who were doing it. One person’s distraction can cause another’s devastation. Every decision we make and every word we say affects others. As leaders, our influence is multiplied. And the necessity of avoiding distraction is not just for our benefit, but for those around us. Others benefit when we are focused and attentive. And others are put in danger when we are not. Your life is influencing people far more than you realize. You are making a difference!

The roads we drive in our cars are dangerous. So are the highways of leadership.

Let’s seek to avoid distractions on both.

Do you text and drive? How do you avoid distractions as a leader? You can leave a comment here.

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  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    I saw this video a few wks back… I have never txted and driven at the same time. It is extremely dangerous! I like how you tied that into being a leader. Great post!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Good for you! It’s so dangerous, and an easy habit to get into.

      • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

        That’s for sure… I just think of it in the way of importance. A txt mess is not more important than your life or someone else’s.

        • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

          Exactly. Those individuals in the video traded 7 letters for someone’s life.
          If we don’t understand the danger, sometimes we can make trades we don’t
          mean to!

          • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

            Exactly. Just like the word “LOL” in the video. That one word cost a man his life. How’s the book coming along? Are you done writing it or are you in the printing stage?

            • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

              No, it’s in the very early stages. I have a meeting this next week to submit
              the proposal, then I will begin the search for an agent. It’s a long
              process. But I’m excited! Thanks for asking about it. I will keep everyone
              updated as it comes along.

              • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

                Sweet! I’m getting excited already! haha

                Well, when you speak to an agent, pray about it. God will lead you to the right one! As far as speaking itself, I worte a blog about it for today: http://bigb94.webs.com/apps/blog/show/6486607

                It has my funny story of my speech and how to excel at it! :)

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    Wow! Powerful video!

    There are so many things in life that we are intentional about; but, we need to stop and ask if we are being intentional about the right things. Could our intentions on one thing cause us to be distracted from something more important. Texting is an intention to communicate; but, it distracts from an important focus while driving.

    Your challenge in looking at our focus and distractions in regards to leadership pose intriguing questions that should inspire us to take great care in the things that we are intentional about (or one might also say the things that we are not intentional about).

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Excellent points, Steven, and well said.
      The end of the video was the most powerful to me. The images of those people
      holding signs with the few letters that cost a life just blew me away. It
      really puts things in perspective.

      I like the way you viewed in through the lens of intention. “There is a time
      for everything” A time to text and a time to drive.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        The concept of intentionality has been on my mind a lot lately. So much, that I am working on a post to expand on this comment. If you don’t mind, I would like to link to your post and the video as part of it.

        • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

          I would be honored!

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            Hey Josh – I finally published this post – with a mention of your site and article. You can check it out here.

            • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

              Awesome! It’s such a powerful video. The part at the end where they’re just
              holding the signs gets to me.

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