Stop Chasing Shiny New Things

Published: March 8, 2016
By: Faye Hollands

I’m a bit of a sucker for new ‘stuff’.  I love new technology, I get a thrill out of trying new things, and I like to shake up my routine.  These are all behaviours that  can pay dividends in your career and business.  But…

…they can also be very costly.

The problem with chasing shiny new things is that you can forget to focus on what’s already working.  Invention can be exciting and a real draw card, but if you’ve forgotten to work on improving what you already do, you could be throwing away some really important ‘stuff’ (read: cash and opportunities).

Take me for example.  After nearly 9 years in business I’ve created a colossal amount of programs, courses and intellectual property that’s worth a tonne of money.  But I’ve definitely fallen foul of the shiny-trap, moving on too quickly and inventing new offerings instead of improving the ones that were already working well.  Imagine if I’d spent that time tweaking and polishing instead?

Of course invention has an important place in our careers and businesses, but moving on too quickly isn’t always the smartest move.

So what impact is this having on your life?  Take a moment now to answer these simple questions which will highlight if you’ve been distracted by shiny new things a little too much lately: –

  1. What tasks/projects/offerings have you sidelined for something more exciting? Write them down
  2. Now highlight the ones that have true value and have delivered results previously
  3. What can you do to tweak, crank or polish that task/project/offering to make it even more appealing to your clients or boss?

Now focus on improvement instead of invention.  You’ve identified what IS working, so now it’s time to focus your time and energy into that instead of getting distracted by the bling around you!

If you’d like some help polishing and tweaking your career or business, book in a strategy session with me and lets get focused on improvement together.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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