Shiny Object Syndrome

objectsFOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful

If I had to name one thing that has contributed to my lack of success with the hundreds of ideas I have had over the years, I would have to say it is shiny object sydrome! I get an idea, whether it is for a book or a business, then I get super excited about it, spend hours, sometimes days finding the perfect domain name, then create a website on WordPress or Wix, make few blog posts, then cue the wantwawa music… get distracted and move on to the next bright idea. I have done this so many times that it’s pretty much an inside joke among my family. I don’t get offended anymore. I just bury myself in the minutiae of my day and wonder why I am not making the progress I feel I should be making or living up to my full potential. But, a few things have happened lately that has made me take a hard look at what I am doing and what I need to do to have the success I seek.

First, I have listened to a couple podcasts about people who were as down on their luck as they could get and managed to turn their life around to astounding success. This has inspired me, motivated me and made me ask myself if these ex-cons and former junkies can turn their life around and make millions when they have only been at it a couple years and I have been doing this since the 80’s, what is going on? What is holding you back? Will your legacy be you accomplished none of your dreams because you couldn’t stay focused on one thing or stick with it long enough to experience success? That’s some tough love I’m gifting myself.

I read a blog yesterday from a fellow John Maxwell Team member who has started an online business called New Inceptions. I love an anology he used about burners on a stove. I only use the two front burners on my stove. I rarely use the back burners. Reading JC’s article in addition to listening to the podcasts about the guys who turned their life around plus watching Brendon Burchard videos and being on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income forum has got me fired up and focused to the point that I am ready to turn on those front burners and cook up some success!

On my two front burners will be my infused water project and writing. That is it for this year! I think I can. I think I can. As my mentor, Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things.” I have learned from the best, now it’s time to put it into action. Consistently!

Kathy G

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