Most of us are good at planning out the path to achieving our big goals. Some people are also good at getting started and making some real progress. Far fewer are experts at crossing the finish line.
Developing the habit of finishing what you start can be a watershed moment for many. It’s common to quit before reaching a goal. We’re good at doing a lot of things 90% of the way, but not completing them.
Learn to finish what you start with these tips:
Finish everyday tasks consistently. For example, if you are washing the dishes, wash all of the dishes. Avoid leaving the greasy frying pan soaking with the intention of dealing with it tomorrow. Do the entire job.
You’ll feel resistance creeping in when you get toward the end. Use this as a cue to get determined. Really dig into the task and power your way to the end.
Whether you’re cleaning the garage, writing an email, or going food shopping, complete the task and avoid allowing yourself to finish it “tomorrow” or “later.”
Enjoy the feeling of completing that task. This habit will largely take care of itself after a while. Most people learn to enjoy the relief and sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a job 100%. Feel free to set up a reward system if necessary.
It’s not nearly enough to be a good planner and starter. You must learn to be a good finisher, too. Master the art of finishing what you start. You’ll be shocked by how much this habit influences your life. Finishing is a necessary part of success and self-mastery.
“The best restriction I learned was getting into the habit of doing something, even if I didn’t feel like it, instead of running away from it. Sometimes good work needs to be earned, and when you can overcome yourself, the muse notices and celebrates.” – Damien Rice
This is just one of the ten best habits to master yourself we will be discussing in the second part of our Self Mastery: How to Just BE the Master of Your World training for our Master Your Mind Membership group this week.
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