Most people are not short on ideas. Many even do pretty well with starting on those ideas. But there are countless numbers who struggle with finishing what they started. Is that you?
Maybe you get all excited about starting a new business. You start a business plan and dream big, but 12 months later that business plan is collecting dust.
Perhaps you dream of going back to school and research your major, but life gets in the way of finishing.
There are few things that can rob you of confidence more successfully than being an ‘unfinisher.’ Don’t let that be you. Being a starter is fun and exciting but it takes seeing things through to completion to reap the rewards.
Here are four simple steps to finish what you started and earn that sweet feeling of accomplishment:
Ask why you are starting this project or goal to begin with. And with each answer, ask why again. And again. This will get to the deep reasons ‘why’ you want to accomplish this goal. Don’t skip this step, it may reveal that the very reason you are not finishing a goal is because it was never meant to be started.
Once you’ve established that your goal is worthy of your time and attention, now it’s time to get organized so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Do you remember back in elementary school, when you were taught how to do an outline before you wrote a report? Well, this is the same concept. In this case, you want to outline the high level-view of what you need to do to accomplish your goal. This is often best done as a checklist. Most people avoid this step because it takes the longest and seems the least relevant, but trust me, this is the step that will make it easier to finish what you started.
Now that you have your checklist, you can begin to break it down into bite sized chunks and start chipping away at one chunk at a time. I realize this doesn’t sound as glamorous as looking at the big picture, but any puzzle gets put together one piece at a time. Let’s say your goal is to write a book. Begin by breaking down the chapters and the topics within each chapter. Then work on one chapter at a time. If that’s still too big of a chunk, start with one section of the chapter.
Now that you can see the smaller pieces, you can also identify what you can accomplish on your own and what you need help with. I realize that for many of us starting out on a project, funds are slim, but it’s important to put a money value on your time. Bringing a goal to completion is almost impossible by yourself, so determine what can be delegated.
Two good rules of thumb to help you see what to outsource are: anything costs less to have done than you could earn in the same amount of time; and anything with too much of a learning curve. Maybe you can hire a cleaning lady at $20 an hour or a babysitter for $12 to give you several hours to get work done. Or perhaps there are aspects of your future goal that you can hire someone else to help you with. There are plenty of skilled people out there who can do a better job than you at a fraction of the time and cost.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to take it back at some point, but for now, there are only so many hours in a day.
I know how much you long to accomplish your goals. Don’t let overwhelm stop you. Each one of these steps greatly reduces your likelihood of being an ‘unfinisher’ and increases your chances of living the life God has for you.
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