Do you ever feel yourself being drawn into negativity? Does your attention get pulled in a number of different directions? Are you annoyed by the notifications popping up on your screen or buzzing in your pocket?
Pretend that you do not hear them and are not distracted. (Read below to understand what I mean.)
This past week, my wife relayed an incident that occurred at home while I was at work.
Our oldest son, Simon, was playing with our iPad. By chance, he had accessed Siri. Siri was prepared to answer any question or provide any information that was requested. While Simon was occupied with Siri, our youngest son, Spencer was running around the house and like any normal two year-old, he was being loud and enjoying himself. Simon proceeded to yell at Spencer by saying, “Stop it. Do not do that.” Simon said this without realizing Siri was still active on the iPad. Siri responded by saying, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”
After chuckling at this anecdote, I was reminded that in order to compete at the top of our game, we should be more like Siri. When there are crazy things going on around us and others are pulling at our attention, you must continue to focus on the present moment and say, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”
When your teammates or coworkers proceed down the road of negativity, be like Siri and say to them, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”
When working on a project and your phone buzzes, say to yourself, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”
This week, focus on the present moment by being like Siri and pretend you did not hear that.