One of the biggest obstacles to finishing what we start is LIFE. That’s right, LIFE happens to all of us and at the most inopportune time. As soon as you make up your mind to do that one thing that you’ve put off for months or maybe even years, LIFE hits you with an unexpected surprise – sometimes several surprises.

The key to handling LIFE is learning how to respond. You see everything that LIFE throws your way does not require your immediate attention, and sometimes it doesn’t require your attention at all.

So what about you? Are you a great starter, but a poor finisher? It’s a common ailment. The beginning of any adventure is full of excitement and enthusiasm, but it doesn’t always last. Part of being a successful adult is learning how to finish things. It’s part strategy and part grit. There are always a few sticking points to endure and overcome. Life can’t be all fun and games.

Here are a few strategies to help you develop the habit of being a finisher:

  1. Understand when you’re likely to quit. Look at your past. When are you most likely to throw in the towel? What were your reasons for stopping at the time? Can you think of a strategy for getting through those times? Is there a way to avoid them altogether?
  2. Dole out your time wisely. Getting caught up in too many meaningless projects won’t improve your ability to finish things. When possible, limit yourself to those things that really interest you. Life is too short for hobbies that make you want to shrug. If you’re passionate about something, you’re much more likely to get it done.
  3. Track your progress. When you can visually see how much progress you’ve made, you’ll feel more motivated to continue. Make a chart, graph, or other visual representation of the work you’ve completed.
  4. Visualize the expected result. Constantly remind yourself how great you’ll feel when you’re done. Make note of all the benefits you’re receive.

These small tips can be a great help in finishing future projects. If there’s one trait you’ll find in high-achievers, it’s the ability to get things done. Next week I’ll share 4 more strategies so you can be well on your way to becoming a super finisher before the start of a new year. Come back and see me now!

Be sure to leave me a comment if you try one of these strategies. I would love to hear your success stories.

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