Miroslava L. Pradella, LCSW, CASACII
Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and School Social Worker promoting mental health and wellness. "Seek Help=Strength".
10 Ways to Finish What You Start
The most successful people are masters at finishing what they start. They’ll never give it up without giving it a hundred percent.
Try these techniques to train yourself to accomplished what you set out to do.
1. Develop the habit of being a finisher. This is most easily done by finishing all of the little things you start as mundane as they may be. For example,
● Wash ALL of the dishes.
● Fold ALL of the clothes.
● Finish the chapter you start reading.
● Be obsessed with driving through to the end.
2. Set reasonable time expectations. We often greatly underestimate how long something will take. When something takes longer than we think it should, we can get discouraged and quit the task. Instead of assuming everything will go perfectly, assume there will be challenges and plan accordingly.
3. Sometime is better done than perfect. Perfection can get in the way of progress. It takes too much time and diminishes your enthusiasm. You can still do something well without taking the time or energy to try to make it perfect.
4. Keep the end result in mind. 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.
5. Reward yourself for completion. Plan on giving yourself a reward when it’s done.
● Go out for coffee when your taxes are complete.
● Meet a friend for dinner when your work is finally done.
6. Remember the times that you’ve quit in the past. We’ve all given up too soon and later regretted it. Remember how much it bothered you. Quitting something meaningful should be something that no one does more than once.
7. In contrast, remember the times that you’ve completed a big project in the past. 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.
8. Keep track of your progress. Make note of the progress you make. Be proud of your progress and use it as fuel to keep pushing forward.
9. Sometimes other people's negative opinions about the task stops you from moving forward. Notice when your thoughts are counterproductive and immediately switch your thoughts to something more positive.
● It’s hard to believe, but you can choose to think about anything you want. Choose wisely.
10. Be okay with discomfort. Being uncomfortable doesn’t have to derail your progress. Accept that you’re uncomfortable and keep on going.
Keep track of everything you have accomplished. Contemplate how much things have change in a month or a year.
*This post is meant for education purposes only. It is not therapy or a replacement for professional services.
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