How To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

How To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

First of all, it’s important to know what shiny object syndrome is, don’t you think? I’ll give you my version of the definition since I was the queen of shiny object syndrome.

It means jumping from one thing to another, without finishing what you started. You literally start one thing after the next and when you see the next cool thing you think you need to have so that you can finally achieve success, you buy it, you stop learning from the program you just bought before this new one, and the same thing continues to happen over and over, leaving programs unfinished searching for the Be All Secret Sauce of Success. Yeah, this is the one! I’ll start seeing results now! This never leads to success. Time to stop being a jumper and get to creating your reality.

It’s In Your Moments Of Decision


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It’s that moment when you say, “Enough is Enough!” You draw the line in the sand and say, “No more!”

You are sick and tired of being sick and tired and failing for one thing after another, not because you can’t succeed, but because you don’t stick to what you start and therefore do not accomplish your goals.

Make a DECISION to complete what you start. It all starts with a Decision. I want you to realize that making a decision is better than making no decision. No decision takes you down the road to Nowhere.

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Commit To Your Decision

Now that you made your decision, you need to commit to it so that you do not get enticed by the shiny Commitment To Your Decision To Avoid Shiny Object Syndromeobject syndrome again. Commit to finishing what you start and you will not be hypnotized by the new thing that seems to promise your success if you just buy it.

You only get what you are 100% committed to and until you are ALL IN, you will not bring your desires into your reality. You have to block out all possible alternatives, burn the bridges. Start out with one step at a time and keep moving forward daily.


What Is Your Vision?

What are you passionate about? What motivates you? What gets you jumping out of bed first thing in the morning without an alarm clock going off to wake you up? What is your WHY? What keeps you up all night because you can’t stop thinking about it? Your cogwheels keep turning.

Own this VISION and take 100% Responsibility for making it your reality. If you feel yourself starting to get enticed by the shiny object syndrome, remember your vision and stay on your pth to your success.

What's Your Vision To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

TIP:  Write down your vision on an index card and carry it around with you. Throughout your day, look at your card and read it so that you are constantly being realigned to your vision.

It’s Time To Create Your Game Plan

  • Create a 3-year game plan. What is it you want to accomplish in three years?
  • Where do you want to be in two years?
  • Where do you see yourself in one year?
  • Break it down to monthly goals having set points for nine months, six months and three months.
  • What do you have to do weekly to reach your monthly goal?
  • What do you have to accomplish daily to reach your weekly goal?
  • Set the dates you will complete each goal.

Create Your Game Plan To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

In the process of following your Game Plan, learn to course correct along the way. You can review your goals every Sunday and determine if you completed your goals on course for that week and in the determined time limit you set. One of the most important things to remember is to adapt and course correct.

Determine what is the price you will pay in return for the prize. The price you pay can be your time and sweat equity. It helps to remember your WHY to keep you on track. Otherwise, you’ll fall right back into the trap of shiny object syndrome.

You Must Stay Laser Focused

You’ve got to stay laser-focused so as not to be distracted by the End All shiny object syndrome. What you focus on expands, so you must focus on what it is you want to accomplish on a daily basis. This will help to rapidly accelerate your success.

Every morning the first thing I do is set my intention and then visualize myYou Must Stay Laser Focused To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome day and what I plan to accomplish that day. This helps keep me on track and can do the same for you.

Read your goals every morning first thing and every night before you go to bed. Never take your eyes of your goals. This also helps to keep you aligned.

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You’ve Got This!

Until I learned to really focus on these things, I was all over the place chasing after every shiny object and getting nowhere, accomplishing nothing at all. I got tired of being sick and tired and vowed to no longer waste my precious time and hard-earned money.

I know that I’m the type of person who can accomplish whatever it is I CHOOSE to accomplish and all I needed to do was set make a decision, commit to my decision, establish my vision, create my game plan and stay laser-focused until I reached my destination. Now, I stay focused and move forward towards my goals daily. If I can do this, so can YOU. It all starts with YOUR DECISION.

It's Possible To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

Important Tip: Celebrate your wins every step of the way no matter how small or how big.

This creates endorphins in your brain that are released inside your body and makes you feel great which in turn reinforces your success. This tip alone is what has changed my perspective and actions. Trust me, just try it and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to get to your next achievement.

The One Thing by Gary KellerI’d like to recommend a book I read a while back that describes how every successful person has their ONE thing – The One Thing written by Gary Keller Only the ability to dismiss distractions and stay laser focused on your One thing stands between you and your goals.  The One Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.  This will help give you perspective as well on how to avoid shiny object syndrome so that you can finally reach your goals and create your reality.  It’s a great read.

Did you finally decide to avoid the shiny object syndrome? Would you love to learn how you can make money online working from home following a step-by-step training program that you will stick to?  This is how I finally was able to stay laser focused on my One Thing.

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Let me know if this information helped you. Do You suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome?  Feel free to leave a comment or any questions you may have below. I’d love to hear about your accomplishments and I always respond.





12 Comments to “How To Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome”

  1. I absolutely agree with this post, I have used a similar strategy with a 1 year, 3 year and 5 year planning.
    I stopped some years ago, when I had kids, now I am a little all over the map. I should start planning this way again!

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thanks Eric

      I totally agree with you. Get your focus back on and begin to reach your goals again.

  2. Jill says:

    Hi Ruby, Thank you for this very helpful post. I have read you profile and can identify with what you are saying about living you life to the full and also sharing your passion with those less fortunate. My husband is in Frail Care and he is now not always able to recognize me. It is sad as he has given his life to helping others as was a minister of a Church, a wonderful Pastor and a Poet. I also don’t want my life to slip by and not continue learning and that is why I have also chosen this wonderful world of Wealthy Affiliate to keep my brain active but can also work where ever I want to.
    Loved you post.

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hi Jill,
      Thanks for sharing about your husband. My heart goes out to you. Being a caretaker can be demanding physically and emotionally. Your husband is blessed to have you as his wife. I’m so happy you found Wealthy Affiliate to help you fulfill your dreams and goals.

  3. Alece says:

    As someone who has definitely been guilty of ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ in the past I found this post really informative and helpful. Congratulations on a really well-written post 🙂

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hey thanks so much Alece. I appreciate that. Shiny object syndrome and instant gratification are dream killers for sure. Hope this post continues to help you in your endeavors.

  4. shirley says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. It is very encouraging in helping one determine to commit to a plan and not jump around from one thing to another. For myself, I’m committed to Wealthy Affiliate and its training and intend to hang in there and “push” until I reach my goals. Thanks for this article – Shirley

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thanks for your comment Shirley. I know you will find success with Wealthy Affiliate. Stay focused.

  5. Corey says:

    Great advice. The tip about carrying around your goal/s is reported to be the biggest differentiator from those that achieve and those that don’t. I have seen it among some of the biggest names out there, such as Jim Carey. His goal was to pay himself 10 million dollars by the age of 35. He did just that with his role in dumb and dumber, he had wrote a check for that obscene amount of money and kept it in his wallet. Success comes to those who have the fortitude to strive for it, making the decisions to attain the goal instead of instant gratification.

    I have a hard time planning anything more than a few days out so I focus on what things need to happen in that time frame that will bring me closer to my ultimate goal.

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hi Corey, 

      Thanks for your comment and insight.  I remember hearing about Jim Carrey as well.  I thought that was so awesome, especially hearing him tell that story.  It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we get focused and set out goals and then take action on them.  

      You’re right about too many people nowadays wanting instant gratification but anything worth doing takes time, effort and determination.

      I actually pretty much do the same as far as my planning.   I write a schedule down on my calendar to work my business.  If it isn’t scheduled, it doesn’t happen.  Then I plan what I will accomplish that week and break it down to daily tasks.  On Friday after I’ve completed my tasks and accomplished my goals I set for the week, I celebrate.  I think it’s really important to celebrate all our victories in life no matter how small.

      Thanks for your input and keep doing what you’re doing. : )

  6. In total agreement with you on this, Shiny Object Syndrom. This is where most affiliate marketers failed on their journey to make money online. Many cannot stay focus. They cannot commit to successfully promoting one program at a time before moving on to the next project. Many jump around because of the dollars sign. This is truly a great piece of advice or all affiliate marketers. Stay focus to achieve success before moving on to the next step.

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Exactly, only with laser focus can we truly accomplish our goals we set for ourselves and then we will truly be able to finally see results.

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it.

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