Hey! Rob J. Temple here and welcome to this blog post…
Today I want to talk to you about something that I see affecting peoples lives on a daily basis. It’s one of the biggest reasons why people don’t fulfil their goals and dreams, and I want to tackle this demon head on FOR you!
The concept I’ll be teaching about today goes by many names and phrases, “shiny object syndrome”, “too much at once”, “spreading yourself too thin”, or to put it more bluntly, DISTRACTIONS…
We all set goals and targets in life, and I believe we do have every intention of completing them, BUT the probability of us doing so relies totally on our ability to “block out” distractions. How many times have you started a project, only to be lured off by something else? Then later on you wish you’d stuck at whatever it was you started…
It can become a never ending cycle, which is best referred to as “shiny object syndrome”, where someone keeps “buying” into other ideas and programs whilst not achieving much of anything! Sound familiar? This is one of the most common situations and mindsets that I see in society today, and it’s very destructive.
In the “digital age” we live in, I have to say it’s no wonder why so many people are distracted. Our phones are more intricate and powerful now than any computer was just 5-10 years ago. We hold a World of information in our pockets, and all of our friends/family/relates and strangers too! Notifications, pop-ups and alerts are constantly bombarding us.
However, all of this doesn’t mean to say that it has to “consume” your full attention. Remember, nobody is in control of you BUT you, therefore you have the power to “block out” anything you wish to. The only problem is you have to WANT to extinguish distractions. This is where “focus” comes into motion…
Having the ability to focus on a goal without being “lured away” by anything else is one of the most powerful attributes we can carry as humans. If you can focus on one thing without letting anything else get in the way, you’re 100% more likely to get BIG results!
But sadly this isn’t the case for a lot of people. Some people end up chasing “two rabbits” at once, and if you do that they’ll BOTH escape! In order to really achieve something, you must learn to STICK to one project at a time. The only way more than one thing can be accomplished at any time is usually if you have a “team” or outsource parts of your project to others to help you hit your “targets”…
One area where distractions are pretty evident is in the weight loss industry. People want to lose weight, so they pick a diet, or an exercise plan, or both! They get knee deep into their plans, and then they become distracted by something else or even a different weight loss routine. They then give up on their existing plans to follow another. This process then repeats itself over and over again, and no real results are accomplished.
The above is just ONE example of where “shiny object syndrome” can be seen. There are thousands of other situations and scenarios where people are distracted, changing course and path rapidly causing them to achieving nothing.
So what’s the solution to this problem? FOCUS! On what? ONE THING at a time… Learn to focus on one project with one plan of action at a time, and DO NOT give up on that plan or change course until you have reached success. If you can do this, there’s no way you can fail!
Just imagine a train that has one destination to get to. There’s only one track available and it leads the train to where it WANTS to go. All of a sudden, a new track becomes available which again takes the train to the same destination it wishes to arrive at. The train likes the look of this new path, but also wants to stick to what it knows at the same time. It decides to put some effort into both tracks, and in doing so it splits in half and crashes…
Whether we designate our attention to more than one method at a time, OR continually change course to try a “new” way out, we’ll never reach our end goals. Pick one path that works for you, and STICK with it until you reach your targets.
When we learn to use only one path to success, AND how to block out distractions, we become an immovable, unstoppable force. The momentum and drive we carry is immense, as we only have one thing in mind and that’s success!
Think of something you’ve started in life, but never finished. Imagine you had continued along that path using an effective, proven method to reach the end goal. Do you think you’d have succeeded by now? Or would you at least have achieved a lot in that area? The likelihood is that you would have. BUT, the point of this exercise isn’t to feel regret or negativity in any way, it’s to show you how to move forward in life from this very moment.
Remember, life is about learning lessons and forever improving. This is but one of life's lessons, however it’s a VERY important one! If you want to start seeing success with all of your goals, dreams and projects, it’s time to really hone in your focus on ONE plan of action. Do not stray from it, or divide your attention into multiple routes to the same destination. Stick with this one path until you reach success, you will NOT regret it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post on learning how to FOCUS and avoid the infamous “shiny object syndrome”!
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Bye for now!
Rob J. Temple