I was on the phone this morning with my good friend, Ray.
Ray has been through many ups and downs in his career. He’s failed, he’s succeeded, he’s lost and he’s come back.
In the few short years I’ve known him, he’s given me the most interesting lessons. They’re always given in unconventional ways (like dancing salsa or using copywriting to improve your online dating profile), but they always apply to my life in the moment, and sink in deep.
This morning he sent me this video:
That girl is impressive. Sure, her back bending like that makes me a little uncomfortable, but it can’t be denied that she’s a master at her craft. I mean, she hit a bulls-eye with her feet for crying out loud.
I knew it was going to be another one of his lessons, but I couldn’t see what it had to do with me.
Then, in typical Ray fashion, he broke down his odd methods:
One of the most amazing things about living in this country, at this moment in time, is the amount of choice we have to create our lives. To do anything we want to do. To be anything we want to be.
And although I wouldn’t want it any other way, it comes with it’s own set of challenges. When there are so many options, we often times end up doing nothing. We get overwhelmed and end up drowning in analysis paralysis.
More and more research is showing that we can be great at almost anything in which we put the work in. All we have to do is decide on a direction, and practice behaviors over and over.
The problem is our attachment to the shiny new object. Facebook keeps us in the loop with what our cousins are up to. Instagram shows our high school friends killing it. And Snapchat is a highlight real of the coolest parts of my day (Seriously though, get at me –> @Djcoley11)
We are constantly being tempted with this or that. And the best part about it is that we can do this or that if we choose to do so. But when we’re constantly moving from idea to idea, we don’t make progress on anything.
Ray’s words hit me like a ton of bricks this morning. This has been my struggle for a long time. While all my friends are making progress in a single industry, I’m floating around trying to juggle 3 or 4 different paths.
We overcome Shiny Object Syndrome by making a choice. It’s scary because we don’t want to “choose the wrong one.” But it’s empowering because the possibilities are endless. You and I both need to make a choice. We can always change directions later.
Sit down, answer these 5 questions, and then go forward with your life.
I’ll do the same.