“Shiny Objects” Syndrome
A little child will easily be overwhelmed by the sparkling and glittering things that move around him. A baby may not be aware of things, or to understand what she wants, but she will inevitably follow and spread hands to objects that attract attention with color, shape, sound. The lack of focus is, still, a problem that many adults face. How many times have you increased a new idea, a story or a goal, instead of focusing on what you have already started end to finish it?
How to know that you belong to the category of easy-to-distract people? Simply. If something of the following applies to you and your habits, then it’s time to concentrate a bit more and understand why you do not overlap in your tasks, either business or life. You lack focus.
- If you have more than 5 ideas, you never tried to accomplish
- If you have more than 5 start-up projects that you have not completed
- When you find a new goal, you begin to criticize what you have previously started to do
- You are not focused and comprehensive when you are researching (getting the half- information, run from one website to another, build up previous projects, and you always have an excuse for a new one)
- You have a bunch of equipment, materials, tools you never use
- Your inspiration disappears very quickly
- You are familiar with lots of fields, but not so good at any of them
Ask yourself the question – is this what you are – a stuff collected in your office, computer, home, garage?
The fundamental problem is a distraction. People who don’t have a focus on their tasks have a problem devoting their attention to other “shiny objects.” Unfortunately, focus and persistence are two essential characteristics necessary to achieve the goal and see the result of our effort. Sometimes, only the idea is insufficient. Deep concentration and diligent work are the keys to success, and thus our skills become better and more advanced. By jumping from one activity to another, changing the speeds and lifestyle, it often leaves us insufficiently competent and skilled to call ourselves a title: a baker, a teacher, a writer, a professional golf player, a housewife …
“Wait to see” training
How is focus achieved? First, it’s important to clearly define your goals and practice the following steps that can lead you to a much wiser and more productive career, life, fellowship.
- Not everything that is new is always better. Do not let trends draw your attention. If there are already established values that work, whether it’s about a company product or family relations – foster them. New things and changes can be useful, yes, but there’s no need to be instantly implemented in lives, at all costs.
- Always know the past. You can evaluate each new idea by learning about your environmental reactions in the past. It does not mean that, if something has failed before, it must be a disaster in the future, but be led astray by your mistakes.
- Know your capacities. How tall are you? How big is the cake and what’s your piece of it? All these questions are found in educative economics books, but also in the life-guides. When new ideas, goals, attract you, always ask yourself if they are achievable? We all dream big dreams, and that is ok. However, dreams are one thing and concrete plan something completely different.
- Ask yourself if you really need something? When you decide to move your focus from one side to the other, ask yourself if that’s what you really want to see? How did you live before and what could that mean in your future life? Some things just shine really bright, doesn’t mean they are of gold.
- If others do it, doesn’t say you have to. This is a problem that provokes through our lives from the school age. Remember the parental advice – just because the other kids are bas students, does not imply you are. Apply it today. Maybe everyone else is wrong, but you. Proceed with your focus.
- Do not bother to discipline yourself but sort the sources of distraction into categories. Disturbance can be in different forms and stadiums, from the small things like when you forget to throw out the trash to those life-changing. Know how to deal with it. If you have something to pay attention to, think how important it is. Is it inevitable? Can it be postponed or even ignored?
- “Wait and see.” In the end, impatience is the most significant factor for losing focus. If you’ve lost interest for what you are doing, on halfway, some patience. Wait until you see the results.
Remember the sayings: “Rome was not built in a day.” No goal we achieved was served to us, we had to come for it ourselves. Whether that road will be rougher or stony or you will learn to drive like a professional – depends on you and focus on what really matters.