Hi. My name is Mary and I suffer from Bright Shiny Object Syndrome (BSOS).
Maybe you do, too.
If you’ve ever had trouble focusing, tend to be easily distracted, or move from project-to-project without really completing any of them, then you know what I’m talking about.
You have a great idea, you’re all excited, you start working on it, but then…oh, look!
There’s another Bright Shiny Object over there.
And this new idea or new project suddenly looks a whole lot more exciting than the one you’ve been working on. So you leave the first project behind, unfinished, to go grab the new Bright Shiny Object.
And you work with great enthusiasm on this new Bright Shiny Object until…what’s that you see out of the corner of your eye?
ANOTHER Bright Shiny Object!
Oooh, that one’s pretty, too. Let’s work on THAT!
And so on and so on.
But Bright Shiny Object Syndrome is a real recipe for failure.
Sure it’s easy to be enthusiastic and energized at the beginning of a big goal or new project, but what often separates the super-achievers of the world from those who never quite seem to achieve as much as they’d like is the ability to RESIST all the other Bright Shiny Objects laying around them.
The super-achievers have the ability to hone in on ONE thing and FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful.
Now I admit that I’m HORRIBLE at resisting Bright Shiny Objects as evidenced by my prioritized Master Project List with 28 (!) projects that are currently in some stage of development.
So, after Day 1 and Day 2 of an inspiring 4-day seminar this past week, I vowed to resist any and all Bright Shiny Objects until my #1 priority was completed and implemented.
So of course the Universe decided to challenge me.
I met someone and found myself talking about Project #23!
“No! No! No!” blared my internal Bright Shiny Object Warning Siren.
But before I could pay attention to it, someone who had overheard our conversation chimed in with positive feedback about Project #23.
Well, that just made my Bright Shiny Object Warning Siren blare louder!
But, it also set off my Intuition Siren.
And by the time a third person offered assistance and introduced me to a fourth person who could help, I started thinking “How do I turn off this dang siren?!”
But I wasn’t talking about the Bright Shiny Object Warning Siren.
You see, as a wise colleague reminded me “When a Bright Shiny Object GLOWS, it’s okay to pick it up.”
And this particular Bright Shiny Object, my Project #23, was definitely glowing with synchronicity.
So what Bright Shiny Objects stand between you and your biggest dream? Do you have the discipline to ignore them for as long as necessary while you focus on doing only those things that can turn your dream into reality?
Alternatively, have you been ignoring any Bright Shiny Objects on your path that are glowing like supernovas and really could benefit from your attention?
And do you, like me, sometimes find your focus also challenged by other types of distracting Bright Shiny Objects like today’s VPOD?
This vintage 1960s Zodiac brooch by Jerry DeNicola sparkles with style even for gals who weren’t born under the sign of Aquarius.
And it’s a fine Bright Shiny Object for any Vintage Crusader!
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