The Squirrels Aren’t the Problem
For as long as I can remember, people called certain behaviors squirrelly, as a euphemism for being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects. But I’ve watched the squirrels out my window. They’re dutifully munching on their sunflower seeds. It’s the dogs who are easily distracted by the squirrels.
The squirrels aren’t the problem, the dog’s inability to focus is the problem.
The same is true of people distracted by bright and shiny objects. The problem isn’t the possibility of something new and exciting. The problem is your ability to stay focused on what matters most.
Dogs are dogs. They are trainable but don’t possess the cognitive prowess we do. As humans, we have a choice. Blame the bright, shiny object and externalize responsibility. Or cultivate our abilities and discipline to stay focused on what’s most important.
An athlete doesn’t just show up at the Olympics expecting to win a gold medal without training first. They establish a training plan, receive expert guidance and exert consistent effort.
Of course, most of us aren’t world-class athletes. We are leaders with big dreams and invigorating ideas. And we have a choice, blame the squirrels or claim our agency to cultivate our abilities to stay focused on what matters most. Which choice are you making?