“Sometimes we have to disconnect from what doesn’t matter,
to really connect to what matters most.”
Last week, at an event I was speaking at, I decided to kick off with a slightly unusual request. I asked the fifty leaders present to consider putting their phones on airplane mode – not silent, not on “do not disturb,” but full airplane mode.
There was a tangible tension in the air, as…
while I understand not everyone embraced the idea (some just won’t allow themselves to), it had an immediate impact on the atmosphere. It brought everyone’s attention into the room, creating a noticeable shift.
I’m continually amazed by this change.
Our digital world is designed to fragment our most precious mental asset – our concentration. We have to reclaim our attention from distraction.
Afterwards, someone shared with me that they couldn’t recall the last time they attended an event where no one was on a device during a talk.
The next day, I received an email from a business owner who had been at the talk. Here’s a snippet of what they said:
“The first and most effective thing that I did afterwards was completely turn off my phone, something I rarely do. Straight away, my focus was on the now – where I was, what I was doing, and who I was listening to. It changed my hour and immediately reduced phone-induced stress! It is something I will practice more.”
In a world where constant connectivity is the norm, the power of disconnecting, even briefly, can be profound.
Consider giving it a try at various points this week. Put your phone on airplane mode and see what happens when you bring your full attention to the present moment.
Wishing you a week of focused and mindful moments.
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