In this short blog, I'm going to be exploring the skill of finishing what you start.
We've all been there, right?
You begin a new project or set a personal goal with the best intentions, but somewhere along the way, things fall off track. The barriers are numerous, the mindset can be fragile, but I'm going to discuss strategies and next steps to ensure you achieve what you set out to do.
First,let's start by acknowledging the common barriers we face:
Barrier 1: Lack of Clarity
Starting without a clear plan or goal can set you up for failure from the beginning. You wouldn't set out on a road trip without a map or GPS, so why start a project without a clear destination? Take your time and get really clear on what it is you want to achieve.What needs to be done and what outcome you want to see.
Barrier 2: Procrastination
Procrastination can be a major roadblock. It's that voice in your head saying, "I'll do it later." But later often turns into never. Set an alarm or reminder on your phone. Enlist the help of a friend or colleague to hold you accountable and get it done!!
Barrier 3: Perfectionism
Perfectionism can be paralysing. You're so focused on the ideal outcome, that you may never start. It's better to start, learn through the process and see it through to the end. All that overthinking and needing to be good st something can really hold you back. Don't forget, practise makes perfect :-)
Barrier 4: Lack of Motivation
At one time or another, all of us have lost our motivation along the way. The initial excitement fades and the project becomes hard work or boring and we just can't get excited about it anymore. We'll discuss strategies for reigniting your motivation later.
Now, let's talk about the mindset required to finish what you start:
Mindset Shift 1: Commitment
Changing your mindset starts with a commitment to your goal. Make a promise to yourself that you will see your project through, no matter what. Write it on post it notes and keep them where you an see them.
Mindset Shift 2: Resilience
Embrace setbacks as part of the process. There are our opportunities to learn and grow.A resilient mindset enables you to problem solve and find ways to overcome obstacles so that you can keep going when things get tough.
Mindset Shift 3: Positivity
A positive attitude can be a game-changer. Instead of dreading the process, focus on the satisfaction you'll feel when you've completed the task. To do this, mindfully check in with your thoughts and see which ones are holding you back or bringing you down. Then challenge those thoughts and change them until they work for you.
So, what strategies can help you finish what you start?
Strategy 1: Set SMART Goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. They provide a clear roadmap for your project.
Strategy 2: Break It Down
Divide your project into smaller, manageable tasks and break those tasks down into even smaller steps that you can do something everyday towards achieving. It's easier to stay on track when you have realistic milestones.
Strategy 3: Create Accountability
Tell someone about your goal, or even better, find an accountability partner. Sharing your objectives with someone can give you the push you need and keep you on track.
Strategy 4: Time Management
Efficient time management is essential. Allocate specific time slots for your project, and respect them like any other important appointment. You have chosen to do this task so, therefore it must be important to you. Value yourself and block off the time that you need.
And finally, what are the next steps?
Next Step 1: Take Action
No amount of planning or mindset shifting will matter if you don't take that first step. Begin today.
Next Step 2: Monitor Progress
Regularly review your progress. Are you on track? Do you need to adjust your strategy?
Next Step 3: Celebrate Small Wins
Don't wait until the end to celebrate. Recognise and reward yourself for reaching milestones along the way.
Finishing what you start is an achievable goal with the right mindset, strategies and consistent effort.
Try to remember, it's not about how you start; it's about how you finish and you need to finish!
The best way to predict your future is to create it. So go out there and finish what you start!
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