Instructor Gil Ash, who I wrote about last week, taught me a simple trick. So far, it has worked wonders. "You can't suppress a thought," he told me. "That's like trying not to think of elephants for a minute. Instead, you have think about it, process it and move past it." I've heard this from Ash and others before. This time, though, Ash told me to deal with random thoughts by telling myself: "That's really interesting. I'll think about that right after I break these next targets." For me it works perfectly: it acknowledges the thought, then effectively pigeonholes it in a corner of my mind long enough for me to focus on the task at hand. I pass this tip along here in hopes of helping others like me.