But what about the desire to be distracted aka Shiny Object Syndrome?
Here’s the thing – shiny objects are simply going off the path away from the goal – that’s it.
So what is “Shiny Object Syndrome” then?
Literally nothing – you can’t avoid it because it’s not a syndrome that exists!
You simply pick distractions at unconscious times
And the distractions don’t serve you in any way
The problem is not shiny objects – we need those.
The brain wants distractions.
It’s a totally natural and normal thing to have happen.
The video below is optional, and goes into more detail.
The problem is that we don’t know the relevance
is the shiny object worth it?
should I pursue that object?
Should I have walked off track?
what’s more important that this shiny object?
Distractions aren’t a question of whether or not you should do the thing, it’s a question of how relevant the thing is, and how well it fits into the bigger plan.
How do we know if a shiny object is worth it?
You guessed it! The Value Hierarchy!
Here’s what to do:
Place the item in the hierarchy
Determine the more intense feeling – positive or negative.
If it’s positive,
Based on the placement, you now know what has to come first, and how much time/money/energy you can allocate to the thing with respect to the other things. See? No distractions, only relevance. The only antidote? noticing your ill-placed distractibility and staying grounded in the bigger picture. (aka money story)