Chasing Shiny Objects Interferes with the Law of Attraction
The Shiny Object Syndrome has many names: bright and shiny syndrome, bright penny syndrome, squirrel, or just plain scattered. Mainly, it's a condition in which you're distracted from working towards an objective by something new and different. This means that you don't complete what you were working on because you've abandoned it for something more attractive.
The Shiny Object Syndrome has also been called by its initials, "S.O.S." This term originally meant, "Save Our Ship," indicating a ship was in distress and urgently needed help. The same is true of the Shiny Object Syndrome. It's a signal to you that there's something amiss with your vision or plan, and you're going off course personally or professionally. You're giving the Law of Attraction conflicting information.
What Can Detour You
There are so many opportunities, ideas and temptations to divert you from your goal. Many times you get lured from a goal with a shiny object because you've gotten bored, stuck, dissatisfied or hit a snag. Rather than working through the issue, and sticking to your plan or practice, you jumped to something different that caught your attention and seemed to be more interesting.
For instance, you're cleaning out your garage, and get distracted by a lawn chair you want to fix. After pulling together all the materials for the repair, you find some old magazines you want to go through. You get sidetracked by each item you find, and don't finish the garage cleaning.
This can also happen in exploring different esoteric ideas, as well as spiritual practices. For instance, I've know those who begin to study a particular concept, and then they're intrigued by another one. They drop the first one to investigate the new idea. They're excited by all they learn, and chase the stimulation of new idea. Rather than creating a spiritual practice and following it to experience peace, they're gripped by a sense of Divine dissatisfaction. And the Law of Attraction stalls for them because It acts on a conglomeration of their thoughts, which are tumultuous.
Why You Get Distracted
Your brain loves the excitement and stimulation of something new. That's why, when you're bored, you seek out a more exciting activity. Anything novel triggers the reward centers of your brain and makes you feel good. It could be something as simple as checking your email or getting a text on your phone. But it's a false sense of accomplishment and won't help you in the long term. And it hinders your spiritual development.
The problem is that when you chase the new and different, it creates confusion and stress. Rather than deliberately following through on your plan so you can learn and grow, you react to whatever shows up in your immediate vicinity. Your chaotic thinking keeps you from being deliberate in your decisions. Instead, you react based on old programming and information, and stay stuck in the same old rut.
All of this also confuses the Law of Attraction. The Law can't know what you want, if your attention jumps from one thing to another. You'll get a mishmash of results that doesn't bring you what you seek.
How to Overcome S.O.S.
There are some definite steps you can take once you've noticed that you're spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. Here are some questions and steps to take.
Clarity. Figure out how you got off course. What's at the core of the issue? Are you avoiding something? If so, what and why? Once you've determined the issue, get clear on what it is you want. Clarity is important for the Law of Attraction to know what to draw to you.
Vision and plan. Your vision evolves from what you want. It's your destination in a year to three years. From that, you determine your plan of how to get there. Without a vision and plan, you'll continue to chase shiny objects. The Law of Attraction needs to know your vision and plan for the Law to be effective.
Focus on priorities. What you focus on at any moment becomes your priority. Is your priority going to chase something new that triggers your reward circuit in the short term? Or are you going to work on more practical tasks that will allow you to get to the next step of your plan? As you focus on your priorities, the Law of Attraction will support you by providing what you need to succeed.
Dealing with the Shiny Object Syndrome isn't hopeless. With understanding of the cause, and some direction of how to tame it, you can overcome S.O.S. Recognizing the syndrome when it happens, and taking immediate action, will allow you to take charge and the Law of Attraction will fulfill your goals and vision.
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As a speaker, success empowerment coach and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart empowers business women and entrepreneurs to break through their inner barriers and create the life they want with more success and abundance. For a copy of her free ebook, "31 Affirmations for Daily Inspiration," visit Cedarfire.com/31aff-ebook.shtml.
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