Hey y'all! I know, I know... please don't hate me! I feel like this is our normal relationship. I drop a few posts and then disappear and then I come back with more fire that'll have you thinking about it for days!
Before you ring the alarms this is not an emergency signal or a call for help. The S.O.S. we're going to be talking about today is Shiny Object Syndrome. What is that? Well, it's the tendency for someone to chase something new. It can be a new idea, new goal or trend instead of focusing on what they're already doing. You've probably experienced S.O.S. if you can relate to any of the below:
You constantly start new goals and never see them through
You have a list of business ideas you've never started
You have poorly planned ideas and directives
You're forever researching for new ideas trying to find the best approach
You jump from one project to the next instead of seeing a project through to the end
I'm writing this post as a message to myself. Telling myself to just stop with the idea book and actually see something through to the end. I've purchased photography equipment, video equipment, crochet and knitting equipment, various photo/video editing programs and so many different subscriptions to things I can't keep track. ALL THIS PAST YEAR. And I've followed through on NONE of them. So before you think I'm coming for you, this is me calling myself out lol.
When I get excited about a new project before my first one is complete, I always end up jumping ship before I can see any meaningful results. I've just convinced myself that the new project is better for me and will yield better results when in reality, I never gave the first project a chance! Honestly, people who suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome are victims of distractions. They have a bad habit of being easily distracted and are constantly drawn to new ideas. There are a few reasons why this could be but ultimately they're one of the following:
You're young and inexperienced so everything looks and sounds like a great idea. Everything that glitters ain't gold honey.
FOMO. You're afraid of missing out on success.
You haven't found your true passion yet (this is where I would fall)
When I sit back and think about all of the projects I've started and not finished it makes me so angry because I know if I could just stop thinking on the next thing and focus on what's in front of me it'd be amazing! It's like I'm diving up all of my energy for these different projects instead of putting my all into one and it's driving me crazy!
In doing my research for this post I came across an article that spoke about using SOS to manage your ADHD. ADHD or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder is a chronic on-going condition where a person feels difficulty in sustaining attention. Due to their hyperactive nature and impulsive behavior, they often lose interest in tasks which they are doing and shift to another one real quick. At first I was like "Huh?!?". Isn't ADHD why my SOS is so bad in the first place? But no. The main problem people with ADHD face is getting started on something. It's like you get stuck before you even start! According to these articles, SOS can actually help with this issue. She basically goes on to say that the same thing that causes distractions to pull us away from important tasks can also pull us toward important tasks. When we see something new and exciting we want to jump in and try it. It gets our energy going and we're on this creative high that motivates us to start something new so to apply that to the tasks you're trying to complete. Look at everything like it's something new and exciting. I know that's better said than done but honestly, it's what got me to push out 4 different posts in one day lol. It definitely takes some training of the mind but I understand where she's coming from. She suggested looking at SOS as a tool that can help instead of hurt.
For those of you that don't have ADHD or haven't been officially diagnosed, here are some things that can help overcoming SOS and be more productive with your time in ideas.
SETTING BETTER GOALS - the first step would be to set more measurable goals. People with an entrepreneurial mindset tend to chase new and exciting things without having a clear idea on what their actual goals and timelines are. If you want to stop chasing "shiny objects", you need to get clear on what it is you're actually trying to achieve. Use short-term and long-term goal setting exercises to put together a clear plan. Set 3-5 exciting (that's the key) and measurable goals for the next 90 days or so and just focus on that.
ASK QUESTIONS - If you're easily distracted, start evaluating everything. As yourself:
What is the purpose of this?
How does this align with my goals?
How much time will this take?
Do I really need this is my life or is this a temporary choice?
By starting this project, will this add value to my life or decrease it?
STOP COMPARING - A big cause of SOS is Comparison Syndrome. With CS, you can feel like a failure when comparing your life to your peers. This also ties into FOMO. You have to understand that everyone's life is different. We aren't all meant to accomplish the same things or be on the same paths. We are individuals that are meant to accomplish things in our ow time. If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others then you might need to disconnect for a little bit. Remove any access you have to other people's lives. Disconnect and focus on your goals and dreams.
In conclusion, Shiny Object Syndrome is very distracting and can be overwhelming at times. If you find yourself feeling distracted and overwhelmed, use the tips above to focus that anxious energy into something more productive to your life and goals. Becoming aware if what's causing your SOS will definitely help you in understanding ways to overcome it. Remember that SOS is very common and is seen more frequently in our mid to late 20's because we feel that we're on some kind of clock. Remember to stop and take a breath!
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you learned something through this post and subscribe for more!