Have you ever met someone who has a new life plan every time you speak to them?
As I’m sure you’re well aware, accomplishing any significant goal requires focus, energy, time and commitment. Changing your direction every time you see something that looks better is a sure way to leave yourself confused and walking around in circles. Jumping from one idea to the next simply doesn’t allow your original plan the time, energy and attention it needs to blossom.
Shiny ball syndrome is the name given to the phenomenon whereby individuals constantly change their goals or focus every time they see a new “shiny ball” of potential.
At one time, your original goal consumed your thoughts day and night. It was everything you wanted. If you’re able to drop the idea and move on to something else so easily, it may not necessarily be because you’ve found something better… more likely, it’s a sign that you were never really committed to the original goal. So often, shiny ball syndrome occurs as a result of chasing unbalanced infatuations. If you find yourself constantly changing your goals and direction, be very careful not to make it a life long pass-time. You could fool yourself into thinking you are inspired, motivated and goal-driven, when in fact you are just chasing your tail, making a lot of noise and going nowhere.
If this is happening to you, please revisit Step 6 & 7 from Lesson 8 of the Infinite Prosperity course.
If you don’t build strong walls of commitment, you are likely to shoot off course as soon as you find another shiny ball that appeals to you. Those who are susceptible to shiny ball syndrome should be especially careful not to adopt other people’s goals. Sometimes we see someone who is succeeding in a certain area of their life, and we decide that we’d like some of what they have! Your own goals then fall by the wayside as you alter your course towards someone else’s goals. You could then spend years of your life chasing a shiny ball that was never even yours to begin with. The worst case scenario is if you actually succeed, because when you arrive, you will most likely realize that it was never what you wanted anyway, and you’ll have to start all over again. You may be successful in achieving the goal, but if it’s not what you really want, you will never be truly fulfilled. I see this happen all the time.
“Success without fulfillment is failure” – Anthony Robbins
Today there are more opportunities and options than ever before. Every day new products, services, food, ideas, programs, books, courses, jobs, careers, and education are being marketed to you through the internet, television, radio, newspapers, billboards, and posters. Advertisers and salesmen are becoming extremely efficient at grabbing your attention and planting a seed in your mind. Although the options are forever growing, one thing remains constant – you can’t do everything.
If you don’t stand up for your own goals and dreams, you will be swept away and distracted by the never-ending field of shiny balls being dangled in front of your face each day.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
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