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How To Finish What You Start

How To Finish What You Start

Doug Farrick

Not finishing what you start can begin to eat away at you in small, insidious ways and can lead to feeling overwhelmed, lethargic, tense and unconfident.

This has always been an issue for me and I’ll admit that I used to love starting things, but never seemed to finish them. It wasn’t as if I intended to NOT finish them, I was just off and running to the next thing. I fell prey to the initial rush of the idea and I just couldn’t sustain it.

The problem became rather bad and I found myself missing deadlines, not honoring personal commitments and feeling generally fatigued and unfocused. After all, the tasks we DON’T complete cause the most exhaustion.

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Like anything else, you can quickly find yourself in a fabricated “story” of your own making. You’ll start labeling yourself a procrastinator or just a person who doesn’t finish things. Then, you’ll try to solve “your problem” with books, seminars and trainings. Sound familiar?

So what do you do? Shifting my thoughts about who I was in this area worked for me. I started to keep a log and noted every time I finished something. For example, if I was typing an email, I would finish it before going on to something else.

Start small. Finish the dishes. Finish raking that section of your lawn. Finish a well thought out email. Then move on to larger tasks or projects.

Soon, I had a decent size log of things I had finished. I was becoming a person who “finished things,” and that was my new truth and inner monologue. I didn’t have to come up with a new belief system — rather, I just did what I knew I should.

And, it was easy. All it involved was a little honesty on my part. I needed to identify the issue and consciously solve it. Oddly enough, this is often what we DON’T do. Most times, we just expect problems to resolve themselves, or we make them more complicated than they really are. Maybe because by doing this, we convince ourselves that they’re too much work to actually solve.

Today, I very rarely leave a task without finishing some part of it. Of course, it’s always a judgment call, but take a stand and finish what you started — even if it involves staying late or sacrificing something else. Don’t waste the passion and momentum you have at that moment.

Instead of fretting about not finishing, put the energy into completing what you started — you’ll have more energy, more focus and be more productive than ever!


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