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  1. Collette Osuna
    Collette Osuna December 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm | | Reply

    I agree…there are so many new things out there to help you with your business that by the time you get through reading them, you have no time left FOR your business!

  2. Rebecca Beck
    Rebecca Beck December 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm | | Reply

    Lol, I recognize myself in the first few paragraphs 🙂

  3. Kayla
    Kayla December 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm | | Reply

    Yes!!!! I’m sure all of us fall victim to this at times! Consistency is key!!

  4. Janelle Jones
    Janelle Jones December 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm | | Reply

    SOS is serious! I struggle from it daily. Thank you for the reminder.

  5. Dr. Taffy Wagner
    Dr. Taffy Wagner December 9, 2015 at 12:40 am | | Reply

    This was me many, many years ago when I was new to being on the internet as a business owner. People saying you need this and you need that for your business. Then it hit me one year!! When it became July, I stepped away from the internet and took a full accounting of how much money I was spending (not investing) each month on this program, subscription, etc and how much I was generating. That was the month and year the SOS no longer had any control!! Thanks for such a great post!! I am sure it will help many.

  6. Chrysta Bairre
    Chrysta Bairre December 9, 2015 at 1:01 am | | Reply

    I’m a type 7 on the Enneagram and one of the main challenges of this personality type is staying on track and not getting distracted by new ideas and opportunities. I’m very familiar with this challenge!

    I’ve learned to focus on what’s important to me, and to approach each day with intention. My vision board helps with this- when distractions arise I look at my vision board and ask myself, “does this new idea fit with my vision?” If not, then it’s probably just a distraction and I can let it go.

    Chrysta

  7. Amanda
    Amanda December 9, 2015 at 1:53 am | | Reply

    I know but it’s so hard to resist! Lol no but really this is a HUGE detriment to the growth of a new biz. Thanks for this post!

  8. Elbony Riggins
    Elbony Riggins December 9, 2015 at 4:28 am | | Reply

    This is great topic, I can agree the distraction ate very shiny.

  9. Stephanie
    Stephanie December 9, 2015 at 5:50 am | | Reply

    100% agree! There is so much being thrown at us every single day that it’s sometimes really hard not to get distracted. These are some great questions to ask to make sure we stay focused!

  10. Dermot
    Dermot December 9, 2015 at 9:13 am | | Reply

    Very true! It can even be a type of procrastination where you feel like you’re doing something positive but in fact you’re wasting time!

  11. Haley
    Haley December 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm | | Reply

    I can definitely get distracted by documentaries of all things! I am a human addict I guess. I love to learn about human behavior and psychology and it is what feeds my writing; however, too much stimulus without enough creative output can just serve to be a distraction rather than creative inspiration. It’s truly an art to pare back and be selective in what we allow in the foreground of our lives. Great article!

  12. Malla Haridat
    Malla Haridat December 10, 2015 at 2:09 am | | Reply

    Ohhhh so love this! It’s so easy when you get your business started to get distracted. Especially with all of the great tools, workshops and books that get promoted daily. #myweakness. LOL.

    Yes! Let’s start with our mission and purpose first next year. And stay tightly focused on it so that we don’t get caught in the S.O.S.

  13. SJ
    SJ December 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm | | Reply

    I know many times there are so many things there in order to distract you! Sometimes it’s hard to keep on track!

    SJ simplyconversing.wordpress.com

  14. Danica
    Danica December 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm | | Reply

    I love this! So many times we get distracted by what everyone else is doing and it distracts us from doing our own work and sticking to our core values. Awesome Article

  15. Billie K
    Billie K December 11, 2015 at 1:37 am | | Reply

    It’s hard not to jump with everyone else when a new item comes out HOT and everyone is talking about. This really helps to understand that it may not be as good as we think and to stay on track.

  16. Marijana | LadyofAwesome.com
    Marijana | LadyofAwesome.com December 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm | | Reply

    That’s me right there! I get overwhelmed with all the new cool things I might use and I find myself spread too thin. Lovely post!

  17. Sherrelle
    Sherrelle December 13, 2015 at 3:55 am | | Reply

    I totally agree with this. My main distraction has been trying to keep up with people that been in the game longer then i have or listen to people talk about what work for them when it come to a certain situation. Everyone situation is different what works for you may not work for someone else.

  18. Dawn
    Dawn December 14, 2015 at 3:16 am | | Reply

    This is so true, there are so many distractions today that keep us from focusing. Thank you for sharing this.

  19. Tammy
    Tammy December 14, 2015 at 5:08 am | | Reply

    This post is a confirmation that I need to continue to decrease my distractions. I have been decreasing the people I follow because it has become to much. Great post!

  20. Amy Groves
    Amy Groves December 14, 2015 at 2:21 pm | | Reply

    You just saved me so much money. I do have that “Oh-Wait-THAT IS IT…” kind of personality. I really try to stay up to speed on the trending stuff but I get worn out of it very fast. Trying to stick with the classic true to the test of time products is so hard. A great example of that, when selfie sticks came out. I went through 10, no exaggeration, maybe more. Only because they promised to do more things.

  21. Dequiana Jackson
    Dequiana Jackson December 15, 2015 at 1:34 am | | Reply

    This is such a timely post, especially with so many new social media tools coming out. Rather than jumping on every bandwagon that comes, people should do as you advised: assess the value to your business and go from there.

  22. Kemya Scott
    Kemya Scott December 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm | | Reply

    Well said! I have to consciously avoid SOS. Especially working in digital marketing, I am always finding a new toy to play with, and I mean ALWAYS! Your list for entrepreneurs is spot on, we have to assess the value and effort or else we spend all day on shiny objects and miss out on revenue generating activities.

  23. Tamyka Washington
    Tamyka Washington December 15, 2015 at 8:52 pm | | Reply

    Focus is so key. Really knowing what your goals are will help you choose the tools that will help you achieve your goals. Great post, great reminder.

  24. Rik
    Rik December 16, 2015 at 5:37 am | | Reply

    I suffer from S.O.S. like a mug, so what I do is use a combination of Pocket and my (slightly organized) browser bookmarks. There are times when something I am working on may benefit from the shiny thing, so I’ll go and get it. Otherwise, when I do my quarterly digital cleanup, it goes into File 13. If it’s still in File 13 at the end of the year, out it goes.

    I don’t like to ignore shiny things totally because it’s really easy to fall into a false comfort zone and innovate, or even make a process more efficient. I try to make playing with new toys a part of my scheduling just so I am up to date with what’s going on around me.

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