The truth is that we are well aware of the need to keep our eyes on the road ahead but some things just won't let us. They come in various forms, shapes and sizes and are present at every point of our journey. They are known by very many names in different languages and cultures but I have come to know them simply as "distractions".
The Merriam Webster Dictionary of English Language defines a distraction as:
"Something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention".
I recall one Saturday morning when I understood clearly how destructive distractions can be. I was heading to work and as I was driving down Ozumba Mbadiwe, I noticed this new billboard with a face that didn't seem so familiar (and some information I thought at that time was important to me). The bottom-line is that I was driving past the billboard and I did the stupid thing - I took my eyes off the road I was driving on and turned to look at the billboard. I could swear it was just for a second but the resultant effect was a near collision with the concrete barrier in the middle of the road - and when I say 'near collision', I mean NEAR COLLISION.
My first instinct after my narrow escape was obviously to say "Thank you Jesus!!!" (I'm Nigerian after all). My next instinct was to talk to/scold myself and I honestly did ask myself, "How stupid can you be? Like really??? You turned around to look at a billboard??!! The information there probably doesn't even concern you and you nearly crashed our car for it. God saved you!". I don't quite remember all the details but I think I hissed at myself after scolding myself (also as a proper Nigerian). While all this was going on, I'm sure 'Mr Distraction' was there watching from a distance, saying to himself "Mission accomplished".
I won't forget that day in a hurry, and I'm guessing that in the past, we all might have had a near-collision experience or worse as a result of one distraction or the other. If we take this experience away from driving and look at it's life application, we'll see that we've made so many good decisions in the past that if we had followed through with would have yielded so many benifits for us. We were doing so well navigating the road ahead until we got distracted, and in what seems like a second we've wasted that business idea, or abandoned our list of new year resolutions, or dropped in the academic rankings in school or even damaged that promising relationship.
It'll only take a second for "Mission accomplished" so whatever you do as you set your goals for 2016 and work through them, don't take your eyes off the road - even for a second.