The Secret to Finishing What You Start!

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In my last article I gave you some tools and tips on the exact steps you need to follow in order to set goals you can accomplish.

Now, I want to go a little deeper into the process and tell you why you may not have been successful in the past at finishing what you start. Amiga, that’s about to change!

There are 3 main moving parts to the harmony and cycle of a project or a short-term goal. I will go into each one of them to give you clarity on the big picture and give you the opportunity to identify your weakest link.

But before we do that, I want to ask you – Did you implement any of the tips from my last article?

 

If your answer is a big fat NO, then I want to invite you to a special event I am running! And I am sooo excited about it!

Because I know how difficult and overwhelming it can be to figure out a clear map to follow to reach your goals all on your own, I want to invite you to a private one-on-one 60-minute Juicy Goal Setting Session with me! My treat!

For those of you interested in taking advantage of this awesome opportunity and get started on a juicy goal you’ve been pushing aside, email me immediately at jennifer@theguavaproject.com for more information! But hurry, because I only cleared out my schedule for 5 of these sessions!

OK – now back to figuring out what may have held you back on finishing that project you swore you would get done when you were setting your New Year resolutions (yeah, remember those?).

Project Success #1: Length

Many people don’t finish projects because they just simply take too long.

The focus here is to plan for projects or goals that you will be able to complete within a reasonable amount of time. Aim for a 3-month timeline at the most.

If you plan for a long-term goal or project that will take six months to a year, your passion will fizzle out. After all, an idea can only stay in development for so long before it dies.

Project Success #2: Style

 

Are you a starter or a finisher? Know your working style! There are people that are great project starters but eventually their focus gets diluted in the process. It takes a lot of effort and energy for them to bring a project to completion.

On the other hand, there are people who can’t seem to get their act together to start a project. But once they get going, they are awesome at finishing it up! (Think back of that college classmate who would be partying it up or hanging out and would start her paper the night before it was due and could pull an all-nighter to get it done).

So, know your own style and know that either way it’s OK. Identify your road blocks, accept yourself the way you are – there is no right or wrong here. Find tools to help you overcome those hurdles or partner up with somebody who compliments your working style and move on!

Project Success #3: Outside Noise

 

There are two parts to this one:

Physical Distractions:

Once the initial excitement of starting a project or working towards your goal has dwindled, you may loose motivation and other things may start to look more attractive and exciting.

I call this “following the shiny object syndrome.” You start one thing, and then it becomes a monotone task. You’re dragging to finish and a “shinier” goal comes to light or something else comes up that diverts you from your initial plan. You end up giving up on what you had started, and move on to the next.

Then there are Emotional Distractions:

[image url=”http://theguavaproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Procrastination_is-300×292.png” alignment=”left” margin_left=”8″ margin_right=”8″ margin_top=”8″ margin_bottom=”8″ width=”300″ height=”292″]Nobody knows what you want better than you do. And you may start with a strong conviction of why you want to accomplish that goal, task, or finish that project. But at some point, doubt may start setting in and you’ll start asking yourself questions like “Do I really need to do this?” “Do I have the time for this?” “What am I doing?”

Suddenly, your lovely madrina (godmother), with her best intentions at heart, starts questioning what you’re doing… adding to your doubts and hesitation.

The bottom line is that a half finished project is of no use to anyone. And finishing what you start has incredible rewards and brings a feeling of accomplishment that will start to create new habits in your life.

I have found that it is much easier to stay on task with a project or a short-term goal if you are passionate about it!

So, before starting any project or deciding on a goal, I recommend spending some time asking yourself:

“Why am I even doing this?”

If the answer doesn’t make your heart sing, chances are you won’t finish that project and move onto something else in a heartbeat.

[blockQuote position=”center”]The key is not to finish the projects you start, but to start the projects you’ll finish.[/blockQuote]

~ Scott Scheper

Here is my assignment for you today:

Look back at a goal you had set all your intentions on getting done this year. Review it to see if any of the moving parts I mentioned above may be holding you back:

  1. Did you set at timeline of when you want to accomplish it by? Is it too long? Too short? If it is, adjust and kick-start it again.
  2. Are you more of a starter or a finisher? The good news is, it doesn’t matter which one you are! Find out your weakest link and either delegate tasks on either end accordingly or get creative on fun ways to “trick” yourself into getting over the hurdle.
  3. Are you bugged down but what others are telling you may or may not be possible? “You can’t loose all that weight!”, “You should be happy you have a job Jennifer , so be thankful and stick with it!” or my favorite one “It is what it is – you can’t change the way things are” – Uhm, yes you can!

 

Lots of love and success!



Abrazos,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.