The first month of 2017 is behind us, and if I could share one thing that has made my last 31 days successful, it would be this:
I’ve stopped looking for the next shiny object.
Sometimes it seems like I’m always looking for what’s next:
The next workshop that I just can’t miss
The next webinar that will have all the answers
The next article that will solve all my problems
So now instead of looking for what’s next, I’m focusing on what I already have right in front of me. And the first place I looked was at all those piles sitting on my desk. Those same piles that contain all the information I collected at the last workshop I attended or the last webinar I watched or the last article I read. There on my desk sits notes I took, phrases I highlighted and pages I dog-eared – all waiting for me to finish what I started.
I’m taking time to look at all those unfinished projects and making decisions rather than excuses. Decisions to concentrate and apply what I’ve already learned.
Someone once told me that if you don’t use something within the first six months, you might as well throw it out because you’ll never look at it again. I strongly disagree. As I’m going through those mounds of paper and notebooks, I’m finding some really good stuff. And now I’m ready to use it. So in my next blog, or my next speech, you just may hear something that I resurrected . Something that really resonated with me and hopefully will do the same for you.
So the next time a bright shiny object is calling to you, stop and take a look at what you already have right in front of you. After all, it was important enough at one time for you to keep. Dust it off and take another look before you bury it beneath that new handout you just brought home.