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How to Avoid Distraction When You’re Striving for Success

23rd March 2018

How to Avoid Distraction when you’re Striving for Personal or Professional Success - Natasha Denness Coaching (photo of pink blossom)

Let yourself bloom

Today I want to create some space to explore a few simple and effective ways to help you avoid distraction and remain focused, particularly if you’re striving for personal or professional success – in whatever form that may take!

‘Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you’re proud to live.’ – Anne Sweeney

This is a subject that often comes up in my coaching conversations with clients. It can be difficult to carve out space to pursue your goals when there are so many distractions in the world around us. So, if you’re aiming to avoid distraction and get super focused on your goals here are four areas you could consider.

As with everything I share here, please feel free to develop the ideas that resonate and combine them with the things that already work for you, after all one size never fits all.

How to Avoid Distraction when you’re Striving for Personal or Professional Success - Natasha Denness Coaching (photo of pink blossom)


One thing you can do to support yourself when you’re striving for personal or professional success is to regularly reflect on your progress. By pausing to ask yourself what worked and what didn’t, you can establish if any changes need to be made.

For example, if you’ve had an unproductive day, you could look at what happened to identify if you need to make any tweaks or changes. It’s valuable to be open, curious, honest and most of all non-judgemental with yourself and your progress. This will help you to identify the things that are holding you back.


I like the phrases ‘follow your own path’ and ‘stay in your own lane’ because they conjure up a strong visual image of personal space and remind me to block out the noise and distraction of others. After all if we lose sight of our own goal we might end up running in someone else’s race!

If you notice things are hampering your ability to remain focused, take the necessary steps to remove them. This may include simple things like setting times to look at social media or watch television, or more drastic actions like removing apps from your phone. When you’re striving for personal or professional success, never be afraid to push back and take control of your time when it’s needed.

How to Avoid Distraction when you’re Striving for Personal or Professional Success - Natasha Denness Coaching (photo of pink blossom)


Simplifying makes life easier. When we look at our lives and how we’re spending our time, we may discover simpler ways to approach things resulting in a calmer and more productive day. If you’re wishing to simplify and remove the distractions that are holding you back, you could look at your schedule, your online activity and your physical environment. There are always adjustments to be made. If we hold on to the belief that we have the power to make changes, then anything is possible!


And finally, to give yourself the best chance of achieving the personal or professional success you’re striving for, it’s valuable to establish ways to motivate yourself. This is particularly important if you’re working alone or on a long-term goal. The more motivated you are, the less likely you are to be distracted.

As with everything in life, how to approach this will differ from person to person. Take the time to consider what motivates you. This could range from compiling a playlist of positive music, podcasts or YouTube channels to creating a vision board of your goals and what reaching them will look and feel like. It’s good to have things in place for the more challenging days.

Further reading

Practical tips to help you reach your goals
Bring your dreams and goals to life with a vision board
How personal reflection can guide you in life and work

If you’re working towards a personal or professional goal, I wish you the very best of luck. Until next time, I’ll see you over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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  1. Kirsty 23rd March 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I really want to book in with you xxx.

    • Natasha 23rd March 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Please feel free to get in touch whenever you’re ready. I hope you have a gorgeous day! :)

  2. Susan 23rd March 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    It’s such an exciting time, having coaching! Bet your clients will love it!

    • Natasha 23rd March 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Susan. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. Cate 23rd March 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Some really valuable tips, the focus one particularly strikes a chord, I can often get distracted by what other people are doing and fall into a comparison trap, but I’ve learnt to turn social media off or turn away and be grateful for what I’ve got and achieved. x

    • Natasha 23rd March 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Cate. Turning off social media to focus on what you’ve achieved sounds like the perfect way to address distractions! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

  4. Lucy 23rd March 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    This is really interesting because I’ve made a lot of personal changes recently.
    Your posts are always so insightful and helpful. Thanks x

    • Natasha 24th March 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Lucy. I hope it is all going well and you have a lovely weekend! :)

  5. Stacey Sheppard 27th March 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I could really do with some coaching! I sabotage myself all the time and end up talking myself out of doing things for fear of not being good enough. Great tips here though!

    • Natasha 29th March 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that, Stacey. Shedding some light on our fears – either by writing them down or talking to someone can help to disperse them. Another technique is to focus on our achievements, taking strength from the times when we were doing well. If you ever want to chat further, please feel free to get in touch. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!

  6. Codrut Turcanu 3rd April 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    hi, what’s your name? and why should one get coached by you, I mean, there are a dozen other life design coaches, what makes you apart? :)

    Keep up the great work!

    • Natasha 15th April 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I’m Natasha, thanks for stopping by! :) Please feel free to browse this site to learn about my coaching, my experience and read some client testimonials. I hope you have a great day!

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