Chasing Squirrels: How to Effectively Overcome Distractions

It’s so easy to allow distractions to get us side-tracked these days. With ever-increasing new versions of all the latest high-tech devices, temptations to multi-task, and having to be everywhere at once with social media, sometimes it feels like you’re just chasing squirrels.

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The Story Behind “Chasing Squirrels”

So what do I mean by “chasing squirrels”?  If you’ve ever seen the movie Up by Disney/Pixar, you probably think I’m referring to the dog, Dug, who is constantly getting distracted and yelling “Squirrel!” However, the story behind my version of chasing squirrels relates to a previous hunting experience I had over a year ago.

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Take the Shot: Lessons from Deer Hunting on Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Self-Doubt

A few days ago, I was in the woods hunting with my dad.  The weather was cold and the wind chilly; however, I was bundled up in my hunting gear, so I didn’t have to worry about it.  The woods get so peaceful sometimes; there’s plenty of opportunities to just sit, think, and clear your mind.  It’s a great way to start the day.

That day was like any other hunting morning my dad and I had experienced over the past six years.  As usual, I was fighting to stay awake.  It’s amazing how easy it is to just relax and fall asleep while the squirrels hoard up their nuts for the winter, the birds chirp and squawk, and all around you is the beauty of the freshly fallen golden leaves as autumn comes to an end and winter’s chilly hands descend on the earth.

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