Eliminate the Distractions

Week 3, Day 3

Dominick Albano is Dynamic Catholic’s RCIA team leader and a co-founder of Arise Missions. Dominick enjoys playing baseball, going to the beach, and eating burritos. He and his wife live in Kentucky with their three young children.

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It’s time to get serious.

If you want to have a great Christmas, you have to become the-best-version-of-yourself. But the question is, how do we do it?

The hardest part is recognizing the habits that hold you back, and where we’re allowing distractions to keep us from the things that matter most.

Let’s be honest. Most of us have too many Christmas traditions to count. Between work, our family, our friends . . . the expectations are just incredible.

I’m not saying any of these things are bad. No, not all. But I am saying that it’s really easy to get caught up in all this other stuff and to forget the things that are really important.

See, this is where our ability to make great choices becomes vitally important.

If we can’t recognize the things that matter most, then we can’t choose to become the-best-version-of-ourselves. Because the best-version-of-yourself never allows what you want now to get in the way of what you want most.

Let’s take a hard look at the demands on our time, and energy, and attention, and discern what really helps us have a great Christmas and what’s just a distraction.

This is the next step in having the best Advent ever.

Tomorrow we’re going to hear a great story from Maricris about how she chooses to become the-best-version-of-herself.

There are no shortcuts to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. If we want to have a great Christmas, we have to eliminate the distractions and instead focus on the most important things. The same is true in our everyday lives. If we do not conquer our bad habits, sooner or later they will conquer us. From time to time we all have to wrestle with different things. What are you wrestling with this Advent?

To go deeper into this topic, check out Part 3, Chapter 4 (“Are You Free?”) in Matthew Kelly’s book The Rhythm of Life.

Focus

What’s holding you back?

Act

Take a look at your life and identify something that is distracting you from becoming the-best-version-of-yourself.

Pray

Take a look at your life and identify something that is distracting you from becoming the-best-version-of-yourself.


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