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This really gels with me because I, too am a good starter of new things but not a very good finisher and can sometimes get stuck early in Act II, which is pretty pathetic when you think about it. The only positive I can console myself with is that I find new ideas that have huge potential easily & often, I just need to learn how to pick one, set a goal for that one and stick with it till I reach that goal. Perhaps then that “thing” can become part-time or secondary while I explore a new shiny object. Rinse & repeat, as they say.
And even though Shaunta is a writer and her shiny new things were probably new subjects to write about, her strategies apply equally to anybody whose shining new things could be jobs or hobbies, sports or self-development courses, anything at all that they like to do or learn about. For me it’s usually some new software for graphics & animation or some new plan for making money.
The Cost of Shiny New Things/Objects Syndrome
Chasing shiny new things can be expensive for three reasons. Firstly, because if you only just start out all the time and never finish, you never get to the stage of getting any return on your investment, only the expenses.
The second cost is time and I believe it is an even higher cost than wasting money by not finishing things. You can always get more money somehow, but no-one can buy time. 24 hours a day for however long we live is what we all get equally and it’s all we can ever have. Lost time cannot ever be replaced & that makes time the most precious resource any of us have in life.
The third cost is lack of self-worth. You look on yourself as a failure and let’s be honest, you are a failure with regard to not reaching your goals, but it tends to take over your thoughts about yourself and you can start to think of yourself as a failure overall, just like a boy whose autocratic father, on receiving his son’s report card with 3 A’s & 2 B’s but one D in the father’s field of expertise, then calling his son a dunce and a failure.
Having reached my 70’s, I look back and can say that I’ve had a very interesting life with highlights like offshore sailing, flying a light plane for several years, jumping out of one at 10,000 feet, with a parachute of course since I’m alive and writing this!
But what I haven’t got is financial security in my senior years for various reasons, some not under my direct control, but nevertheless, the decisions I’ve made in the past have created the situation I’m now in.
Looking back, it’s easy to see where I didn’t spend money wisely, didn’t finish some of the training paid for and started but not finished; wasted time learning things that would have more efficiently been outsourced to someone already experienced in that field (but it was interesting learning these new things!).
Being brutally honest with myself, I lacked self-discipline for many of my years and still do to a lesser extent. The strategies I use now are a lot like those in Shaunta’s article and I list them here as it may be a useful guide to others in their quest to defeat the “Shiny”syndrome.
1. Expectations?—?set some for each day. Whatever your current project is, make a commitment to move forward in some measurable way. I like to write down a list either at night or first thing in the morning of what I want to achieve each day. My daily commitments go on that list as well as meetings & reminders so I don’t forget them.
2. Start each day with a positive mindset and when I say start, I mean before you get out of bed make a conscious decision to have a good day. Perhaps you don’t believe it, but your attitude to everything that happens to you is your choice. Things that happen are often not your choice, but how you think about them is. Waking up and saying to yourself “It’s Monday. I hate my work” is not going to result in the happiest or most productive day.
Shaunta says not to let your inner critic take over. For me this means that if I start feeling like I’m a failure, I take my mind on a brief journey remembering my successes and things I’m good at. We’re all good at something, so find yours. They don’t need to be huge, even something simple like being friendly and making people smile can have a more positive effect than you’ll ever know.
3. Be accountable to someone.
You’ll probably hate this idea; I always resisted and have only recently agreed to do this with someone I know well, but I believe it will help me to stop getting side-tracked by some of my interests. We can still have interests, so long as we keep doing our current project for the committed time each day.
4. Write down the Shiny New Things that come to you.
Even though you’re not going to follow them immediately, keep a record of your ideas because you might need them later, or some of them anyway. Knowing you have them stored safely for the future lets you free your mind to focus on your current project.
I’m not saying I’ve totally overcome my desire to keep trying new things straight away, because I haven’t, but I’m better at focusing on the task at hand now and since time is running out, it’s really now or never for me.
I’m talking ebooks, reports, videos, ecourses, membership sites, apps and similar items?
If so, then there’s something you should know about that’s going to make it easier than ever for you to sell and deliver products and grow your business.
It’s called Product Dyno, and it’s a fantastic selling platform for digital product sellers.
Here’s what this platform does for you:
Creates and easy way for you to protect your hard work – never again do you have to worry about hackers, pirates and other thieves sharing your download links!
Makes it easy for beginners and seasoned vets alike to get their products to market fast!
Offers powerful automation options to help you create a hands-free business!
Integrates seamlessly with major autoresponders and payment platforms.
Includes drip-fed content and member management if you want to run a membership site, offer time-delayed bonuses, and more!
Beginners love this platform because it makes getting your products online “point and click” easy. Product Dyno even gives you the option to host the download page yourself or let Product Dyno host it for you. You can even create your delivery page using the platform’s point and click templates!
Sellers of all experience levels will appreciate the dual-layer security and seamless integration with their favorite third-party services!
And everyone is going to love the time-saving automation, user-friendliness and powerful features packed under the hood of this amazing platform!
There’s so much to love about Product Dyno. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself at:
For anyone wanting to get a personal or small website going for very low cost, GoDaddy have a great offer going between 5th March to 5th April 2014 – for $1 per month you can get a website with unlimited pages, 1GB of disk space and 150GB bandwidth and this is plenty for a small site.
In addition, if you select a 12, 24 or 36 months web plan, you can get a free domain for the same period (after that the domain will renew at the then-current price). This means that for $36 you could pay upfront for 3 years and get your domain name and website online for 3 years with nothing more to pay until after that. What a great deal! Check it out here.
To help with building your site, there are 50 personal themes to choose from in the website builder.
Do you have a lot of WordPress sites, either for your clients or your own? If you do, you will certainly know how much time that can take on a daily basis to keep everything up to date and to add new content regularly.
How would you like to use the time spent on mundane administrative tasks on more important business tasks? CMS Commander is an online service that aims to solve this problem and make managing multiple WordPress weblogs as fast and easy as controlling a single site.
By placing all your wordpress sites into one powerful dashboard, CMS Commander makes it possible to update, backup and manage them all in bulk at the same time.
Features of the CMS Commander plugin include:
1-click Updates of plugins, themes and WordPress on all sites
Automatic scheduled WordPress backups
Website cloning and restoring
Uptime monitoring and Analytics integration
Bulk posting and automatic content
While CMS Commander can be used for free a premium account will give you access to several special features and allows you to manage more websites.
Mighty Deals is a great resource – they have super deals on regularly
– see my latest acquisition (birthday gift, lucky me!)
This product is usually $39 and good value at that price too, but from Mighty Deals I was able to get a full year of design templates and logos from SmartyLogo for just $17!
It isn’t just for website owners either, the package includes 60 stationery templates suitable for any business or for personal use.
Mighty Deals negotiates closely with some of the top creative providers out there to bring readers the best possible prices on the design/programming tools they want / need.
Almost all offers that appear on MightyDeals are available exclusively on their site for a very limited time.
Generally, customers can save from 50% to 90% off on things like design tools (royalty-free vectors, PhotoShop actions, etc.), professional templates (WordPress, Drupal, Facebook), Mac toolkits, web development lessons and more.
Access to these unbelievable daily deals is free for everyone. You don’t even need to register but I’d recommend that you sign up for the free newsletter, so you can be kept in the loop on the latest Deals before they expire (and you also get access to free stuff!)
Why not check out Mighty Deals today – I highly recommend them.
I’ve been a Gold member of Jeremy Gislason’s SureFire Wealth membership site since 2009 and I consider it to have been one of the best investments I’ve made to access resell rights products.
Initially I was a free member then received a free silver membership from someone I’d purchased from as a thank-you gift. When the opportunity came to buy a Gold membership at a firesale price, I grabbed it and have never regretted that decision. It was a one-off purchase (no monthly or annual payments that are so common for membership sites) so you know where you are with your cashflow.
New products are added regularly, at least every month and if you receive an email letting you know the details of what has been added and to which level of membership. Jeremy always seems to have the latest resell right products as soon as they come out, sometimes even before they come out, so it’s a good idea to check in there before you go and buy anything.
Most of the products have resell rights, i.e you can resell or give away, though there are some for your personal use only. The following is a quick summary of the different kind of rights you get:
Resale Rights (or normal resell rights) mean that after you buy the item you will be allowed to sell it to your customers. There may be limitations, such as that you can only sell the product for a specific price. When a product comes with resell rights it means that you can sell the product to just about anyone and keep 100% of the profit. The product you sell though should only include the PUO (Personal Use Only) right, in other words, you can NOT give the resell rights when you sell this type of product
Master Resale Rights – When you acquire master resell rights, you sell the product/service to your customers, and you may also grant your customers the right to sell it. You can also pass master resell rights to your customers, if you are in possession of transferable master resell rights. This allows your customers to also sell the product with master resell rights.
Private label Rights (PLR) – perhaps the most valuable as you can change anything you like from text to graphics and then sell as your own (note that although you can claim authorship, you do not receive copyright). There may also be some restrictions on what you can do with these works, e.g., not sell on auctions sites, not add to free membership sites, not giveaway for free. All these restrictions do not apply in all cases (there is always a copy of exactly what the rights are with your purchase) but when they do apply they are to protect the value of people’s purchase.
Most of the products available in Surefire Wealth include reseller kits with reseller website that you can use to market the products and this can save you a lot of time. For PLR products, you can change the graphics to get a whole new look when you market these under your own name.
I recently downloaded a free copy of Laughingbird Software's "The Logo Creator" and have already become a huge fan. It can be used for more than just logos because you can create the page to be almost any size you want.
The software is simple to use anf has many features not found on some expensive programs.
When you open a new logo, the default window size is 560×420 but you can drag any corner or side to make the size you want.
The new window opens with an Element Setter for Text or Images. Clicking "text" opens a box for you to type in and then you click the "Add New Text" button to add it to the page. To edit, click on the text in the logo and in the element setter, edit the text.
Text formatting is done from the buttons in the separate Text Menu and the buttons are Format, Color, Shadow, Blur, Outline and "More text effects…" Inside each of these areas are more options such as rotatable text, gradient colors, 3D, mirror and many more.
Choosing Images from the Element Setter brings up some fancy letters and a menu for more logo objects including banners & star, glass objects, arrows, orbs, swishes etc.
Instead of starting with your own design from scratch, you can load an existing logo from one of the two included Logo Libraries, make your own changes and then save it as a new template for later use or modification.
The example below was made fairly quickly, using a ready made logo, but inserted my own graphic and changed the text and fonts just to give you an idea. Your creations can be exported in a wide variety of graphic formats and various sizes, making it particularly useful for larger projects like book covers or web pages..
If you struggled a bit last year in some area of your life or business, the new year is a great time to let go of any feelings of failure, look on everything you have done so far as a learning curve and commit to starting again.
Let yourself get excited at the prospect of being successful and having those extra dollars if that is what you want. Use visualization to see yourself where you want to be but remember, you have to take action to achieve your goals. You don't have to know exactly how it will all come about, you just have to take the first step, then the next step. As you go along this way, different possibilities will come to you and opportunities will be presented to you.
Always keep an open mind – help doesn't always come in the form you expected it to; pathways you hadn't thought of may open up to you. Stay positive, believe in yourself and in what you want to achieve. Never give up.
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