I couldn't decide between the two titles, so I kept both!
I have "Shiny Object Syndrome."
My coach says that I tend to jump from one new shiny thing to the next, and I rarely follow through.
She's SO right.
I've lived in 4 different states and moved 12 times since leaving home 11 years ago.
My "flavor of the decade" hobbies have included horseback riding, partner dancing, dog training, dog sports, hiking, camping, traveling, life coaching, drawing, writing, reading, academics, healthy living, minimalism, engineering, and I, for one, cannot find much commonality among them.
I've changed jobs, employers, and industries.
And those are the big things. I wouldn't dare to expound on all of the random "try this and it will solve all of your life's problems" ideologies and methodologies that I've experimented with over the years.
Now, before I get too hard on myself, "Shiny Object Syndrome" does have a silver lining: I'm CURIOUS!
Curiosity is a wonderful gift!
A life without curiosity can be terribly dull and mono faceted.
Curiosity has led me to explore more than I ever would have dreamed. To learn, to grow, to have fun!
I was sitting across from a 50-year-old woman the other day, and she was marveling at the things I've done and accomplished at only 30 years old.
But new isn't always better.
I've missed out on a lot of things in my pursuit of the next big thing. In my pursuit of significance.
Isn't it interesting how you sometimes don't realize what you're missing out on until it suddenly enters your life?
I've recently begun to recognize some of the benefits of fortitude and staying the course. And it's made me realize just how much my "shiny object syndrome" has run away with me at times.
I realized the other day that, while I've moved 3 times in the last year, I've remained in Minnesota longer than I have in any other state since graduating college.
I spent 8 months in Tennessee.
Followed by 8 months in Vermont.
Followed by 8 months in Wisconsin. (If you're wondering at the pattern, it was for a rotational leadership program)
Then I went back to Vermont for almost 2 years.
And came back to Minnesota in 2015. I've been here for 3 years now, and the benefits of staying put (see how I framed that for myself?) are many.
My business has thrived, even though I moved my service area slightly during that time.
I've made and kept friends.
I've built relationships and gotten to see them evolve.
I've been able to be closer to my family, though I haven't exactly taken advantage of this opportunity.
And I've been able to finally integrate into a local community. To be a part of something. To give back.
Fortitude has benefits.
Personal growth. Relationship growth. Community growth. Professional growth. Skill growth. Proficiency growth. Knowledge growth. Maturity growth. Awareness growth.
So, in 2019, how are you going to stick in it?
How are you going to stay the course?
And what might be possible if you do?
I encourage you to explore this for yourself, and to follow along as I do the same.
If you'd like to think bigger, to play bigger, to live bigger, we should talk. I'd love to hear about your ambitions and what might be holding you back. Together, we might be able to turn the impossible into the possible.