Most of us are guilty and we’ve all done it! We start something new and then leave it unfinished. But if it’s a frequent and distressing pattern, you must find ways how to deal with it.
Many people are poor at getting started. Others make big plans but never take the first step. Still, others can get started but seem to bail out before they reach their goals. It’s quite maddening to put in a lot of work and then quit just before you reach success.
The most successful people are masters at finishing what they start. They’re like a bulldog with a bone. They’ll never give it up without a fight.
We all have a story of quitting that seems to haunt us. You can put a happy ending to these stories – and this behavior – by learning to finish what you start.
This is most easily done by finishing all of the little things you start. Complete every little task you start.
We often greatly underestimate how long something will take. When something takes longer than we think it should, we become discouraged and quit the task. So, instead of assuming everything will go perfectly, assume there will be challenges and plan accordingly.
Perfection is a burden that gets in the way of progress. It takes too much time and destroys your enthusiasm. You can still do something well without taking the time or energy to try to make it perfect.
List the benefits of getting this task done. What will it do for you? How will you feel? Focus on the positive, and you’ll be much more motivated to complete it.
Plan on giving yourself a reward when it’s done.
Especially when we’ve all given up too soon and later regretted it? Keep those times in mind. Remember how much it bothers you now that you quit. No one wants to relive that feeling. Quitting on something meaningful should be something that no one does more than once.
How did this make you feel? Really good, right? Hold on to that feeling and feel more of it, more often, by completing things, even if they’re just small tasks.
Make note of the progress you make. Be proud of your progress and use it as fuel to keep pushing forward.
Giving up is the result of negative thinking. Also, notice when your thoughts are counterproductive and immediately switch your thoughts to something more positive.
Being uncomfortable doesn’t have to derail your progress. Accept that you’re uncomfortable and keep going
If you want to be successful, it’s crucial to learn to finish what you start. We like things that are easy and comfortable, but if you learn to finish what you start, your life can easily become more comfortable for you!
You know people that never seem to complete anything. And you also know people that finish what they start. So, take a long look at their lives. Whom do you want to be like?