Have you have started a lot of projects, but finished none of them?  Or does your basement or office look like the beginnings of a lot of ideas, none of which ever came to fruition?  Well, like I heard the other day on a webinar, Carrie Degraw Wilson said, “Don’t major in starting and minor in finishing.”  It’s good advice.  You should learn the lesson.

Finish What You Start

Have you ever driven in a car where the person is constantly stepping on the accelerator then easing up?  Well, I could remember one time getting in a car with one of my aunts and that’s exactly how she used to drive.  She would put her foot on the gas and then ease up.  I can remember my head just going back and forth.  I vowed to myself that I would never get in the car with my aunt again.  I loved her to life (and may she rest in peace) but I never wanted to experience that again.  And I didn’t.  But the funny thing about this situation is the fact that this is exactly what happens in our life journey when we start and stop projects.  We keep sending ourselves into a back and forth jolt and it’s time to stop.

I used to major in starting and minor in finishing, but not any more…

I used to do this a lot.  I had scarfs that I started to knit, but never finished, scrapbooks that I started but never finished, all of these projects and ideas, were just sitting and waiting for me to show up.  Then one day I had a shift in my thinking and I started to take massive action.  I remembered some time ago this game called Mortal Kombat came out and everyone used to play it.  One of the things that this game did when the person was about to win was it would say, “Finish ‘Em!”  The game was so violent, this statement meant that you were supposed to kill your opponent.  One day I started looking at my projects that way and I decided that I would “Finish ‘Em!” and I would go into massive action to finish the things that I started.

Get Into Massive Action

It really doesn’t take much of a shift to go into massive action.  The funny thing is that once you do kick start a project something strange happens and you tend to pick up momentum.  I guess the endorphins kick in and causes you to step it up a notch.  Or it’s like the laws of physics which says a body in motion tends to stay in motion.  You know, sometimes we have to just do what NIKE says and JUST DO IT and stop procrastinating.

Break The Shiny Object Syndrome

Also, break the shiny object syndrome.  Stop getting distracted by things and stuff! There will always be good ideas and great projects, but you’re going to have to stick to yours.  If you don’t finish your projects that you started, then it shows that you never really believed in them in the first place. Finishing what you start is the perfect way to show that you believe in yourself and you believe in your ideas. It’s impressive to take an idea from start to finish.  It says a lot.  If God gives you the vision, he will also provide you with the provisions to see things through.  Completed works are a manifestation of His glory.

Set Realistic Expectations

Sometimes we want things done and we want them done Right Now!  But life is not like that. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your project.  You have to be real with yourself when it comes to your goals and your dreams.  When you start a project, set short milestones goals and celebrate when you accomplish them. Be easy on yourself.  You can’t do it all.  Make sure to get help.  This is how you will accomplish all of your goals and scale your business.

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Toni Coleman-Brown
Toni Coleman-Brown

Toni Coleman Brown is an author, coach, motivational speaker, social media strategist and professional networker. She is also the Founder of the popular, Network for Women in Business, which is an online community designed to train, connect and advance women in business.

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