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Self doubtI was looking for inspiration for an article this week, so I decided to do some research on trending Google searches. Essentially, looking to see what news are “we” looking for.

The common misconception is we are fed news when in actual fact in the digital age, we live in a self serve, “all you can eat” environment.

With the FIFA World Cup nearing it’s completion, it was no surprise that some of the terms were oriented towards progress in this global competition that has thrown more than a few “bend it like Beckham” shots at us. Surprises abound on the International Football arena.

The biggest surprise for me though was to see our fascination with other people’s lives. As it turns out, 50% of the most popular search terms were people or groups of people. Usually rock stars, reality TV stars and famous people whose lives were in the gutter!

Why is it that we are so fascinated with other people’s lives. So much so, that we will overlook the opportunity for progress in our own lives?

What we seem to subliminally yearn is the success that other people are able to achieve. We dream about what it would be like to live their lives and yet all we read about is stories of train wreck after train wreck. It is not unlike the lottery column I wrote a few weeks ago.

Instead of spending time planning how we can progress and grow in our own journey we read of other people’s misgivings and perceived success.

If there is one amazing thing you could do for the rest of the year, it would be to sit down and with your family or closest friends, simply review what your goals were for the year and how you are doing in terms of moving towards those goals.

Have you backed off? Have you developed habits that distract you from your purpose? Can you recover now in July and finish the year strong? How can you be a better person at the end of this year than you were at the beginning of the year?

The first thing I think many of us could do (myself included) is to limit our exposure to news and information that does nothing to benefit us positively.

I had a colleague several years ago who always suggested you ask yourself one simple question before tackling one of those “urgent tasks”, you know, the ones we feel we have no choice but to execute.

His question?

“Will what I do now make a difference in my life five years from now?”

Seems really simple doesn’t it.

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