Focusing on what you can control

There is so much noise in the world….24 hour news cycle, virial videos, Tik Tok challenges, etc, People want everything right now. The best car, the most money, the expensive clothes and house. People flock to social media to see what OTHERS are doing. But what if we paused for a moment, ignored what others are doing, and just focused on ourselves?

I deleted my Facebook back in 2011. This simple act was one of the best things I have ever done. I don’t have any social media besides Linkedin and Twitter. I use Linkedin for career development and Twitter for news, financial teachings and advice. No Tik Tok, Snapshot, Instagram, Facebook, etc. I don’t know what the latest “challenge” or meme is….and I am PERFECTLY FINE WITH THAT! “But Jon….how do you know what is going on in the world?

I don’t watch television network news and get my news from the Wall Street Journal Newspaper, which I read every morning…..yes I still get a newspaper delivered every morning to my house….there is just something about holding a paper and reading through it with a cup of coffee! I also follow a few select accounts on Twitter for local news.

I have been lucky to stay off any of the newer social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, etc. A simple Google search will show you that the average person spends TWO HOURS AND TWENTY SEVEN MINUTES ON SOCIAL MEDIA PER DAY!!!! This means on average, people spend about 15% of their day scrolling social media….and for what? What VALUE are you getting out of it?

Now imagine this, you took that extra two hours and did something productive….Picked up a new hobby, journaled your thoughts, worked out, read. That is where the TRUE VALUE is gained. By doing this, you will ignore unnecessary noise and focus on what you can control.

Challenge: Give up social media for at least 1 month and replace that time by trying something new (hobby, reading, journaling).