Distract Yourself from the Distractions

Congratulations! We've done all of the other steps in the 5Step series. We admitted and accepted that we have a problem. That problem is defined both in it's terms and in the terms of the goal we are trying to reach. We have identified possible solutions and have decided on a simple criteria to selecting the best one based on our goal. The criteria we have chosen has narrowed down our choice of a possible solution and we have decided on one that is most suited to our time constraints. We are now on Step5.
However, despite time being an issue, we just can't seem to go on and do that last step. We wander around with the intention of doing it but every time we try, we find ourselves doing something else or stopping as we were starting.
If we are with a team, we find that our team that was so focused on finding the solution is now lost and is being distracted by other things. Word has gone around that our group have found the solution and other people are talking to other members of the team about getting involved in other projects.
Why do so many distractions appear at the of the 5Steps? Why are we so distracted just about as we are going to finally solve the problem?
Unfortunately, there are so many reasons why. But when it comes to Step5, overcoming them may not need an understanding of the reasons in detail. We just need to understand enough to overcome it. One of the most common and simplest reason why we are distracted is because we prefer the distraction. We prefer the distraction from the work We have made a choice to choose to be distracted. What is the most powerful thing about choices? Realizing that we have one. Realizing that we can make one.
So now consider you have a choice between work and the distraction, why is the distraction is preferred? Was t a conscious decision? Is it because you are purposefully delaying doing Step5, knowing that you can do it any time? This is the definition of being egotistical. But instead to someone else, we are just being egotistic to ourselves.
There is another way to look at this. Mr Anthony Robbins would likely say we associate the distraction with pleasure and Step5 with pain. For some reason, we still think about the problem negatively and associate everything with it, even it's solution, with pain. We have a natural avoidance of pain, so we avoid the solution because of that association. When compared to it, we think of the distractions in more positive terms. In our brains somewhere, we think of the solution as painful and we chose to distract ourselves to avoid that pain.
Either way it is not necessary to know exactly why. What is important is for us to refocus and go back to doing Step5. We need to solve the problem finally. We need to end this. The reasons will cease to be important once Step5 is done. Most likely you will wonder what the fuss was all about and why you hesitated.
There are several way you could use to find a way around it
1. Relabel. Use increasingly positive labels for Step5 and increasingly damning labels for the distraction - is Step5 work or is Step5 the path to success. Distraction is delay. Step5 is problem solved. Distraction is time wasted. Distraction is denying ourselves success. Step5 is success

Bridge Perception and Reality to Describe the Problem

You can know a lot about a person from the TV channels and TV shows they watch. They are friends who have access to over 100 channels, yet never venture from a small, select number of channels. They are people who channel-surf religiously, their viewing experience of the evening shaped by whatever catches their eye. You would expect these two types of people to be different in their opinions and general outlook of life. But what matters is not how we see things but what we actually see. We make take different paths but if what we experience is the same, we could be closer to each other than we think.
What we experience shapes our perspective. For many people, what is perceived is reality. An example I like to use often is that of someone who has just left the jungle, say Tarzan, and a car. He is told by modern society that he will need car. He has never seen one, so he does not know what it is. He is given a description of what it is. If you ask him to draw a car based from the descriptions he gets, what he draws is very different from what a car normally is. It'll be more likely an elephant. This is because in his reality, he has never need (nor probably wanted) a car. But he does need transportation. Whatever he rides to move around is probably the closest idea he has to a car.
We are constantly told what we need, most of it through advertisements. We normally don't feel a compulsion to buy all of it but it depends on how you process the advertisements. If you keep seeing the same advertisement or the ads that sell the same thing, most likely when you are are the store, you will notice that product first. This is because the advertisement has made an association between the product and the image or sound or experience of the ad. Similarly, the association we make between a car and a vehicle is the same as Tarzan making between the elephant and something to get him from place to place. All the various associations we have is what forms our perception.