Do you never finish anything? Here are 10 ways to get to the end.
When it comes to completing a task or project in your business, have you ever crumbled under pressure and wondered if you would finish - or even wanted to?
If this has happened to you, how did you end up feeling? Maybe guilty and disappointed in yourself for not pushing through.
If you struggle at times to complete what you have started, here are 10 strategies for you to get to the end to celebrate your success.
1) Visualise the expected result.
Constantly remind yourself how great you'll feel when you're done. Create a list of all the benefits you will get once you finish and place it somewhere you can read it every day.
2) Be consistent.
Sometimes, it feels like you'll never get there. When you feel that way, remind yourself to keep on keeping on. If you work consistently toward your goal, chances are you'll eventually accomplish it. When you can see some fruits of your labours, you'll get another burst of motivation to keep going. Maybe you completed 10% of the project last week. That's 10% less than you must do to finish. Have an acute awareness of what you've already completed as well as what you have left to do.
3) Maintain a positive outlook.
Whenever you stay focused on the positive, it just makes it easier to continue progressing forward. Being positive is a choice, so take advantage of it.
4) Have realistic expectations.
While it's admirable to strive for perfection, be careful. You'll quit if perfection is the only acceptable outcome. Have realistic expectations for the project and what you can achieve.
5) Avoid under-estimating what it will take to finish.
We've all had the experience of thinking we know how long we will spend to complete a particular task, only to find it takes much longer. So if you need to make a ballpark guess as to how much time you'll need, it's better to over-estimate.
6) Make a personal vow to finish what you've started.
Staying conscious of what you want to do and why you want to do it, and then vowing to finish, will serve as motivation to help you keep your nose to the grindstone. Promise yourself you'll persist until you finish. Then do it.
7) Recognise when you must tweak your results.
There may be times when you wish to change your end goal. After all, situations and people change, particularly for long-term projects and plans. Stay focused so that you'll identify when it's time to make alterations. If what you want has changed, it's okay. Just revisit the goal, tweak it, and keep moving forward.
8) Consider setting mini-goals.
If you need some extra motivation along the way, you might benefit from setting mini-goals that you can easily accomplish.
9) The momentum you gain is remarkable.
Consider this example about starting a new business. Maybe you want to earn $50,000 in your first year. It's overwhelming when you face that fact and feel like you can't do it. It isn't easy to get started. But what if you were to set a goal to earn $4000 a month? Chances are pretty good that you'll be successful. And when you are, you can rejoice at the moment and set another mini-goal for the next month.
10) Finishing is a habit.
Get in the habit of finishing all the projects in your life. Being persistent can be a challenge that's well worth conquering. Be consistent and take note of what you've done so far. Stay as positive as you can and avoid under-estimating the time it will take for job completion.
Vow to finish and stay aware of what you're doing so you can adjust your goal if you need to. Don't forget to set mini-goals to help you to finish the project!