Distraction is not a new Phenomenon!

I’ve read a number of articles recently that detail the pitfalls of our digital lives.  How our time spent in search engines, blogs, and online in general consuming information might be affecting our ability to concentrate.  And while I agree, one does need to be aware of the potential for our digital activity to produce Attention Deficit Disorder-like symptoms, to me there has NEVER been a more exciting time.

Access to the level of information we have today has the potential to do much more good than harm.  What you really need is a system for your information download.  That’s right, just like everywhere else in your fitness business, your fitness career, and in your life, having a system for your information consumption will produce for you the ability to download quality and relevant information that will enhance your life and the lives of those you train, coach, and touch in other ways.

I have developed and continue to refine my own elaborate system for this purpose, because it’s essential for my blogs, my new membership site, and everything else I plan to do as a writer and information marketer.  You may not need a system so intricate, but you do need a system.  And you need to be willing to refine that system on a regular basis. 

In my next post on this subject, I will detail my system.  Actually, it might take a few posts to do it.  So stay tuned for that.  In the mean time, I wanted to share with you a fantastic article I read on this subject the other day.

I also wanted to share with you the latest development at The Fitness Nomad Membership site.  It has to do exactly with this subject.  In addition to pushing great content into my new site (designed specifically to help you advance your fitness career), I’ve also turned the public side of the site into my primary broadcasting channel.  Click Here to check it out.

If you’re a fitness pro trying to advance your fitness career and/or your fitness business, I encourage you to consider creating a channel like this one.  You don’t need a separate site like I have, you could use your blog.  But you really should have it. 


Because it’s an excellent way to develop a relationship with those who follow you and those you consider your colleagues.  There is nothing more powerful than the mastermind style collaboration this kind of channel provides you.  I look forward to sharing with you on a daily basis.  And if you have submissions or ideas about how I can make it better, use this form to send them in…

Two pieces of content I think you might find useful were added last night.  They are shorter versions of the news feeds you find on the home page of this new site.  Feel free to use them on your web sites and blogs.  You’ll have to register for membership first and you can do that here.

be a fitness nomad…

PS  Here’s the article I mentioned earlier and a few of the quotes I really liked in it.

Great article on the subject by Steven Pinker

“…Yes, the constant arrival of information packets can be distracting or addictive, especially to people with attention deficit disorder. But distraction is not a new phenomenon. The solution is not to bemoan technology but to develop strategies of self-control, as we do with every other temptation in life. Turn off e-mail or Twitter when you work, put away your Blackberry at dinner time, ask your spouse to call you to bed at a designated hour.”

Book mentioned in the article…“The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us,”

“…And to encourage intellectual depth, don’t rail at PowerPoint or Google. It’s not as if habits of deep reflection, thorough research and rigorous reasoning ever came naturally to people. They must be acquired in special institutions, which we call universities, and maintained with constant upkeep, which we call analysis, criticism and debate. They are not granted by propping a heavy encyclopedia on your lap, nor are they taken away by efficient access to information on the Internet.

“…The new media have caught on for a reason. Knowledge is increasing exponentially; human brainpower and waking hours are not.”

Steven’s Book: “The stuff of Thought” by Steven Pinker



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