You might think I added two extra letters by saying project instead of object but actually you read it right. I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I can easily get caught by the next shiny project that comes along.

There are so many things I would love to do and learn as a crafter, an artist, a mother, a writer, a wife, a friend, a Christian. And the world is full of shiny projects that can lead you to believe if you just did this course or learnt that technique or read that book, your life could be better, your relationships deeper, your pockets fuller and everything would be different.

In fact, if you really wanted to, you could waste a lot of time and money and effort joining the next project your eyes light upon. And the opposite is true, too – you could learn a lot and enhance your life. But at the end of the day, it’s where you place your values.

I’m not trying to say any particular project or book or course is not a good thing to do. They could be the best courses in the world but if it is not where your life needs to be focused right now, they are no use to you. Or if you want to do one, but it takes away from your family, for example, is it really worth it?

When you are trying to start a business the courses and books and the promises that abound seem so shiny and beautiful, you could get sucked in to the hype. Yes, there is a possibility that you could make an overnight success but that is extremely rare. In fact, what you don’t see about the “overnight success” is the years of trial and error to find what suits them or the final details of their project that lights them up come together.

As with anything in life, what you want doesn’t just fall in your lap. And everything takes time. You don’t become an expert overnight, you don’t have the level of a 15 year relationship when you’ve been married 2 weeks and your invention doesn’t work the very first time you attempt to make it.

Don’t look at the “shiny project syndrome” of attempting to do everything at once because the next thing looks so amazing. Look at what your goal is and set your sights for that. Of course you need to develop the skills you need but not every one that you encounter in your journey through life. And you mustn’t get discouraged if everything doesn’t fall in your lap at once. In fact, it most likely won’t.

Have you ever been caught out by “shiny project syndrome?” It is an easy thing to do but if you focus on your end goal, you will quickly realise if this is something you need right now or a project that could be saved for another time.