The Art of Finishing what You Have Started

Have you ever embarked on a new exciting project? It is the starting point and you are filled with the most profound sense of achievement although you haven’t even started yet. You are ever so focused always having the end in mind.

This task means a lot to you so you invest all your resources into it. Your motivation levels are sky high and nothing can deter you from accomplishing this special task.

Days have passed, it’s still early days and you face some minor challenges but you are able to overcome them without any stress.

Weeks have now passed and you are lagging a little bit behind. Nevertheless, you are still filled with momentum and you work hard put things back on track.

One and a half month has passed and your project is nowhere near where is suppose to be. You have missed a couple of deadlines, you are struggling to make sense of what needs to be done and your energy level and motivation are very low. You try to pull yourself together and remind yourself why you started in the first place. However, you are discouraged and start to question whether your project was a good idea in the first place.

This is a very common scenario amongst entrepreneurs, creators, and anybody wanting to achieve something new. You start with a brilliant idea. Most of us find ourselves at this propelling stage. Instead of evaluating our idea, we are fuelled by the possibilities and outcomes that may be birthed from this great idea.

Do not fail to do the preliminary work which is necessary when creating a new product. Yes, Product. Your ideas, creative outcomes, a project should be treated as a product. it’s irrelevant whether the outcome is tangible or not.

It is possible to finish and complete any tasks, even if the idea wasn’t so great in the first place. Reaching a conclusion is better than settling with unfinished business.

Do you want to finish what you started regardless of the challenges you may encounter?  Do you want to develop resilience and perseverance? Then all you need is to apply the following principles

  • Decision Time

“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?” – Tim Ferriss.

The first step is to decide if it is worth working on this new idea. Choose your tasks carefully, not everything is worth spending time on. Prioritise your tasks, some ideas may have to sit on the back burner for a while, not because they are not good but because it is not the right time yet. some ideas may need to be trashed altogether. Some may need adjusting. Be selective and choose to focus on a handful of things first. That way you give yourself the possibility to accomplish them in a timely manner and with precision. Get going and decide wisely.

  • Plan, plan, plan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

The future belongs to those who prepare for it. Don’t be so quick to just start. plan first. set goals and objectives. Have an elaborate plan in place. Have a list of what needs to be done. Have a timeline of when things need to be completed. What are you able to do alone? What needs outsourcing? What is the end goal? What does finished look like? Make a good and detailed plan.

  • Timing

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” ― Jean de La Bruyère

Timing is crucial when you want to accomplish a task. So set an end time. Have a deadline of when you want to finish your creation. Not only set time but make time. Most projects fail because insufficient time was given to the vision. Your ideas are not going to accomplish themselves. Create a timetable with a clear indication of when you will be working on a particular project. If you want to learn to finish, make your task a priority. Treat your ideas like lifelines, without them you won’t be able to go to the next levels.

  • Be Disciplined

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there” ― Bob Proctor

Be disciplined enough to follow through what you have planned to do. One of my spiritual leaders used to call this ‘stackability’ the ability to stick with what you said you would do! (ha ha love this term). A plan without discipline won’t accomplish much. You have already figured out the HOW. All you need now is some action. you have to do what you set out to do in your plan.

  • Review your progress

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” ― C.S. Lewis

Are you on track to finishing? reviewing your progress is important, it lets you know what you have done and what still needs to be done. You should be able to know at this point if you are on track to finishing on time. You can do some readjusting at this point and even if things aren’t looking too good at least you know it. It’s better to find out now rather than later.

  • Pat yourself on the back

“You’re either self-appreciating or self-depreciating. There is no middle.” ― Lana M. H. Wilder

Hey? Don’t always be so harsh on yourself, relax and enjoy the journey. Treat yourself, reward yourself. Appreciate yourself. Be proud of yourself. I am not always satisfied with where my personal blog is but I am really proud of what I have accomplished so far. Take credit for your ideas, embrace your achievement. As long as you have the end in mind, you will surely get there.

  • Ask for help

“Humble people ask for help“ – Joyce Meyer

You may not always have all the answers. That’s when you ask for help, don’t feel you can’t have someone contribute to your ideas and I don’t mean have them do it all. At least, let someone critique your work, Have someone give you some feedback. Afterall, this could be the groundbreaking push you need to go from good to incredibly good.

  •  Finish the task

“Instead of casting aspersions at the process, why don’t you redirect your energy towards something more advantageous, like finally completing the Program!” ― Brian Cook

Most importantly finish your task. It doesn’t have to be perfect yet, but know that you have completed the task. Have a list of things you need to finish. Make 2018 the year where you have perfected the art of finishing what you have started.

I hope you have found these tips helpful. I would love to hear some of your ideas on how you are able to complete important tasks.

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