A lot of people don’t finish what they start, not because they want to, but because they are scared or don’t know what to do. They don’t know how to get to the next level. If you want to get things done in your personal or professional life, you MUST finish what you start. There is no prize for an unfinished project.
As Tim Grover said, “Talk never goes up in price, it’s always free, and you usually get what you pay for.”
“Great things are hard to accomplish. Talking about it is always free. Anyone can do just that.”Bright
To get REAL things done in your life, here are some strategies that will help you in successfully completing your project.
Work with a co-worker or a trusted friend. If you want to get important things done, don’t do it with a procrastinator. Instead do it with a friend or a co-worker who you know will help you reach your goal. Doing it with a friend will motivate you to finish your project.
Focus on what really matters to you. Sometimes, we are our own trusted enemies. Instead of doing the MOST important things first, we spend bulk of our time surfing the internet, watching TV, or talking on the phone. These activities will distance us from what we are trying to achieve- our goals. To counter that, focus on your work. Focus on your life. Look for a place where you can work without interruptions. If possible, switch off your phone. If not, put it on silent. Don’t check your phone until you are done with your work. If you can do that, you will get better results. Remember what Seneca said, “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
Set your own deadline. If you set your own deadline, it will put pressure on you to get the job done. But be careful not to impose unnecessary stress on yourself. Too much stress will block your creative mind. You need your creative mind to complete your work, right?
Picture the end in mind. It feels good when you know what you are expecting at the end of the project. Lots of money. Recognition. A degree. Promotion. Whatever it is, it feels really good to know that by the end of your project, your life will change forever. When the project gets tough, don’t give up, always have a positive picture in your mind. Think how your life will change when you finish your project. Let that positive picture in your mind be your INNER source of motivation.
Assess yourself. Self- assessment is the beginning of all great things. It reveals your strengths and weaknesses. You cannot do well at what you do if you don’t know who you are. In order to excel at what you do, you MUST first know who you are, what you can, and cannot do. Once you figure out what you are good at, your job becomes easier. Always assess before you jump in!
“Self- assessment is the beginning of all great things.”Bright
Embrace your work. You can only do well at what you love to do. As the late Steve Jobs famously said, “If you don’t love it, you will fail.” If you don’t embrace your job, if you don’t embrace your life, if you don’t embrace your career, you will fail. Period. The same is true when you are trying to finish what you have started. How can you finish what you hate? How can you be good at what is giving you headache? How? I don’t know. But if you embrace your work with your mind, body, and soul, if you love your work, even if you are an average worker, you will be good at it. On the contrary, if you hate your job, you will always be a complainer. And whatever you don’t enjoy doing, is not for you. It is against you. Don’t embrace what is against you. Embrace what is for you.
Ask great questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question. If you have one, ask. Great questions will reveal more important information about yourself, your work, your values, and your character. The more RELEVANT questions you ask about your work, project, life in general, the more you will know. The less you ask, the less you will know.
Finish what you start. If you do, you will get to where you want to be. Hope you do.