Episode 48: Stop Following the Shiny Objects

Stop Following the Shiny Objects

Nothing gets a passionate creative off track faster than following the shiny objects …. dropping your current project to chase off after something new. But this type of distraction is one of the biggest barriers to making progress on our goals and projects.  Listen in on Episode 48 of Just One Simple Thing for three tips to avoid “shiny object syndrome.”

I’ve worked with dozens of Christian writers, entrepreneurs and other creatives but the ones that have struggled most to make progress on their goals have had one common barrier … shiny object syndrome.   Before they can finish what they are working on, they get another great idea and off they go.

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul was encouraging the church to follow through with a commitment they made.  I love the Message version of verse 11, where it says, “The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it.”

So if you want to get better at finishing what you start, and avoid the shiny object distractions, here are four tips to help you focus until the end.

  • Define what “finished” means.
  • Remember that the reward comes after the finish.
  • Put the shiny object at the finish line.
  • Be sure your support system includes accountability.


I’ve created an accountability template for you. Head over to my free FB group, Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing, and grab a graphic you can use to publicly declare what you are going to finish and what idea you’ll work on next when you reach the finish line.


Schedule a free DEFINE call and let’s talk about how accountability can keep you on track.

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