If you find that you can start projects but struggle to finish them, there might be any number of reasons why that could happen. Perhaps some of the reasons might be fear, procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, inability to say no, having too much going, getting distracted, not having enough time, lacking team members to assist, and on and on.
Then again, you may need to bite the bullet, develop better habits and get back on the band wagon.
But I want to address something bigger that might be going on by sharing a silly yet clear example.
Way back in junior high school I began a project in my home economics class. The project was to sew a popular modern skirt and sleeveless vest. I found a pattern I loved, purchased the fabric and began making it, but ran out of time to hem it.
Believe it or not, I hauled that unfinished bright red outfit around with me for years. So long that it went out of style. And even then, I still carried it around in a badly thinning paper bag whenever I moved. Someday I would finish it, yet in the meantime every time I saw the bag it made me feel guilty for not taking the hour to sew the hems.
After way too many years, I finally just tossed it in the trash letting go of the reminder that fed my guilt and poor self-talk: “I am a failure.” How freeing that simple action became.
Consider if this objective you have started but cannot seem to finish is really something you even still want to do. How important is it to you now as opposed to when you began it?
Things change and priorities shift.
Think hard on your unfinished project or objective and determine if it is something to let go of completely or perhaps set aside for later development.
Excerpts from Your Action, Your Success: Motivating Yourself to Get Things Done. Find out more here: Your Action, Your Success
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