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  1. Joy Healey
    November 14, 2015 @ 10:21 pm

    Hi Barrie,

    My distractions come from the telephone during the day, so I’ve switched my day round. I have the “entertainment part” during the hours when most people work, and I settle down to my serious uninterrupted work from about 6pm until 2pm. But I appreciate that not everyone has the luxury of switching round their day 😛

    I have heard it said that “Fear” is False expectations appearing real”!

    Joy
    PS Sorry – this comment has come out all in capitals and I can’t seem to turn them off!

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 18, 2015 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks Joy. No all capitals showing for me.

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  2. Chery Schmidt
    November 17, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

    Hello Barrie, What a great post, i just love how you talk about the dreaded “what if” scenario!! So true WHO cares right? yesterday is gone and tomorrow is what you need to be focused on.

    Awesome Awesome Post.
    thank you for sharing
    Chery :))

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  3. James
    November 18, 2015 @ 9:47 am

    Very informative post , everything is described very well in your post. Learn a lot from your blog.your strategies are really mind blowing…

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  4. Edward thorpe
    November 18, 2015 @ 2:05 pm

    Hi Barrie,

    Forgive the caps, as they seem to be part of a software/app snafu.

    Driving a car while kissing a girl, eh? always figured einstein was a bit of a hound!

    Agree totally with your assessment of memories & worries distracting us from living. Staying in the moment has been a lifelong battle for me. Although I like to think so, not sure age encourages focus.

    But, hey, the fun is in the trip, right?
    Edward

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 21, 2015 @ 6:18 pm

      Great fun the the trip Edward. Thanks a lot. No “all caps” coming through in comment so no problem. Must be as you say a “software snafu” 😀

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  5. kay somji
    November 19, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

    Great article barrie, focusing on the present is key, as it eliminating distractions. That was a big one for me, once I began to focus on the task at hand 100%, my results improved. Sorry for all caps, i don’t know what’s going on, my caps lock is off…

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 21, 2015 @ 6:16 pm

      Thanks Kay. Don’t worry about the caps, they actually don’t come through. Strange how it’s happening.

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  6. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    November 21, 2015 @ 4:42 am

    Hi Barrie ,
    great post, it is true many always think of everything else then what has do be done now.
    There is always a lot of distraction. Especially this day with the cell phones.
    Without focusing on what has to be done now, work is not getting done or is not
    properly done.
    Thank you
    Erika

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  7. Donna Merrill
    November 21, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

    Hi Barrie,

    Thanks so much for brining up this topic. There are so many things that can distract us it is crazy. I recently purchased a “white noise” machine. I have it on especially when I’m writing. I can loose focus pretty quickly these days lol.

    But I usually have my criteria written down and follow it each day…well almost each day lol.

    -Donna

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 22, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      Oh yes, Donna. I get distractions all the time. I have learned to “switch off” more now than ever before, which is a good thing for me.

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  8. Jacs Henderson
    November 22, 2015 @ 12:12 am

    Hi Barrie, that quote gave me a huge smile!

    “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”.

    But it really sums up your very wise words here, focusing on the task in hand is always the best policy, and easily sorted by planning and turning off distractions.

    Negative thoughts have a huge impact on what we are achieving and we have to approach every task/day with a freash mind… what didn’t work before will work this time, just learn and ask until the hurdle is behind us. Turn those negatives around!!

    “What If” … you succeed?

    ~ Jacs

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 22, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

      As Joe Vitale says – play the What if “up” game. Instead of what if I fail, make it what if I succeed?

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  9. Sue Bride
    November 22, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

    I think everyone must occasionally have negative thoughts but the trick is not to let them take hold. I recently read about setting goals as if you were writing a year ahead. So instead of writing “I will” …. write “I have” (done/achieved etc). That’s a very positive way of looking at things.

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 22, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

      Good strategy Sue to write “I have”. Thanks for your input.

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  10. Monna Ellithorpe
    November 22, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    hI BARRIE, focus is something that i have to work on constantly. caring for an alzheimer’s patient at home does present some challenges with focus too, on top of the distractions online.

    thanks for the motivating post.

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 23, 2015 @ 8:15 am

      I care for my elderly parents during the day. I have to take the dog out too, which is a distraction all of its own, without the other things I do on top of my business. The important thing for me is to satisfy my focus point daily so I don’t lose track.

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  11. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    November 23, 2015 @ 2:04 am

    Barrie,

    Problem is – sometimes there are many conflicting things vying for my attention at the same time. I want to write that article, work out at my health club, buy much needed supplies, shop for groceries, read others’ blogs, etc. By choosing one thing, I may have to postpone doing other things. There is often a choice that needs to be made.
    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

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    • Barrie Evans
      November 23, 2015 @ 8:12 am

      Yes Erica, we are often left with choices to be made. I prioritise mine to make sure I do what is required to keep my main focus point satisfied first. Then I can go do the othere things. Thank you for your input.

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