If you are like me, then you are great at starting things but not finishing them. Or at least finishing them before your hair turns gray. Oh, wait, my hair is already gray. If completing goals or finishing anything is a problem for you, then I have a solution.
Read this book by Jon Acuff. Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
Here are a few takeaways from his book to help you finish what you have started.
- Don’t shoot for outlandish goals at the start. Take your goal and cut it in half. Or double the amount of time you think you need to finish. No wonder most people quit their New Year’s resolutions. The end goal seems too big, so you say “what’s the use,” and then quit. Make it achievable and you get some satisfaction. And you’re more likely to keep going. Instead of trying to lose 20 pounds, set a goal for 10. Then reset it again.
- Make it FUN! Wait, I thought goals were supposed to be painful and difficult? If they are too dreadful and difficult, almost everyone will quit. Make it fun, and you tend to stick around. I like golf, but I get bored practicing, so I don’t do it much. Once I started playing music (at a low level so other golfers don’t start hitting at me), I started enjoying practicing more. Why spend so much time on something that completely bores you? You gotta enjoy it.
- Make someone hold you accountable. For me, I’m much more motivated to not let someone down than obtaining the reward itself. So, I’ve called a friend to help hold me accountable to write consistently. Without the fear of letting someone down, I tend to procrastinate. A lot.
- Find something to bomb. Not with an atomic bomb, but find something that is a time waster and give it up until your goal is achieved. My time waster is watching television. If I even cut watching television by half, I’d gain so many extra hours. Try giving up social media for a while. That’s a huge time waster. Kitten videos are cute, but they don’t help you towards your goal.
I hope these tips help you with whatever you are trying to achieve. Try out a sample of Jon Acuff’s book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. It has gotten a ton of 5 star reviews. Let me know if it has helped you!