How to Finish What You Start To Meet with More Success Than Ever Before
1. There’s A Word for Not Finishing: Procrastination
2. The Pain and Frustration of Not Finishing
3. Benefits of Learning to Finish What You Start
4. The Mindset To Get Better at Finishing Tasks
5. Simple Steps to Finish What You Start
6. Create Your Best Results
Finishing Is A Cornerstone of Success
I’d like to share with you today my experiences and challenges in finishing tasks and projects. And how learning to finish tasks and projects, and bring things to a logical conclusion, is one of my cornerstones of success.
When you finish what you start you are able to work more strategically and proactively to achieve your important long-term goals.
To finish you have to begin. To be successful you must start. Seeing bits of your projects finished is great, but unless you finish you merely start again tomorrow. The opportunity to learn how to finish what you start begins in a schoolroom with your teacher.
But as we grow older, we often don’t learn or intentionally unlearn how to finish. We also don’t learn how to see the value in doing so. Here, in my words, is how to start and finish something, and subsequently get what you want.
There’s A Word for Not Finishing: Procrastination
- Not preparing a speech you need to give next week.
- Putting off an assignment until the day before it is due.
- Not cleaning your home this Saturday. You’ll do it next week.
- Even though the rest of the team is waiting for your project, you go out to a concert instead of working on the project.
The Pain and Frustration of Not Finishing
- Frustration: a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs
- Burnout: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
- Wasted time: poor use of time when nothing is accomplished
- Financial loss: loss of money or decrease in financial value
- Loss of confidence: inability to believe in your skills and talents
- Self-respect goes downhill: being the kind of person you are satisfied with showing to the world
- Loss of people’s respect: others think less of you
Benefits of Learning to Finish What You Start
The Mindset To Get Better at Finishing Tasks
Simple Steps to Finish What You Start
Once you create a positive mindset about finishing what you start, you can use practical steps to get things done.
1. Set clear and attainable goals. Know what you want to accomplish and by when. Then list what you need to do to finish.
2. Set a schedule. Routine and habit define us. Having a clear idea of where you’re going next allows you to focus.
3. Own your choices. It is common for us to follow our impulses. But evaluating your choices and owning responsibility empower you to get it done.
4. Get feedback. Don’t wait until the end to get feedback. You will know if what you’ve done so far aligns with your ultimate goal.
5. Evaluate for focus clarity. Checking your work as you progress and getting feedback helps you learn where to focus your energy. You won’t lose time pursuing fruitless or unsuccessful paths.
Create Your Best Results
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