Gold Five will live forever.
I can’t count how many times I’ve quoted Star Wars, particularly sound bites toward the end of Episode IV when the Rebels are attacking the Death Star. Their goal was to maneuver through a narrow trench and fire torpedoes into the exhaust port. Sounds easy, right? No, the exhaust port was the size of a sewage hole. Beside that, they were flying fast and dodging unwanted enemy fire.
Gold Leader gets in a jam and can’t maneuver. Gold Five urges him, “Stay on target.” Gold Leader, “We’re too close!” He’s panicking. Gold Five again, “Stay on target.” Leader, this time shouting, “Loosen up!” I wanted Gold Five to keep at it, “Stay on target,” but it was over. He didn’t say much more before crashing.
Sometimes, we need some help to stay on target. Not the backseat X-Wing driver kind of help, but practical methods to assist us in conquering our goals. Distractions come in many forms: phone dings, email burps, Facebook notifications, some guy hollering down the hall, TIE fighters. These things cry out for our attention and time. They tempt us to get off target.
If you’re human, you have multiple responsibilities requiring your attention and effort. These are healthy parts of life. If you only had one, you would live on a distant planet somewhere, and even then you might have to creatively find food while fighting off reptilian sleens. Having too many responsibilities is not our problem (although that may be an issue). It’s handling so many of them at once. We need to prioritize.