The Dangers of Rubbernecking

Rubbernecking

Have you ever been in traffic and once you got to the breaking point, you realized it’s because the people in front of you were busy looking at something that happened on the other side? The red lights are glaring, and we are slowly making it to our destination because someone ahead of us is rubbernecking. They are too busy looking at cars going in a different direction, and because they have made that their focus, they have held everyone else up.

How many of us are finding ourselves in that same situation? We are on the road to success, heading in a direction of purpose, but we get distracted by people who are going in a totally different direction. We’ve lost sight that people are behind us, depending on our ability to keep up with the flow of what our assignment is.

When we start concerning ourselves with the affairs of others and neglecting our own, we not only do ourselves a disservice, but also those who are around us. We can’t be okay with exerting energies into people who are going in a different direction than we are. Here are a few ways to know when you're rubbernecking:

    1. You give up on your ideas because someone shoots it down instead of encouraging you or giving you a different perspective that can help you progress.
    1. You are constantly distracted when you see people who are seemingly progressing, making you feel like you’re not doing enough.
    1. You are basing your life on reality shows, social media and people you don’t have a personal relationship with to know what’s really happening behind closed doors.

Rubbernecking can cause accidents; more so, they cause pileups. Cars stacked on top of cars, stifled by one curious person. Look at it from this angle, until you do what you need to do, you hold everyone around you up from doing what they need to do. Stay in your lane, focus on your destiny and whatever you do, don’t stop!

Kashonna Holland is a Speaker, Life Coach and Writer. With contagious energy, a vibrant smile, and straightforward message, Kashonna passionately and purposefully journeys alongside women from the point of breaking through the process of breakthrough – personally, professionally, and spiritually. Her heart for God is the filter through which her love for people flows; it’s evident in everything she does.

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