Hi, My Name is Jimmy and I am here to let you know that I am a starter but not a finisher. I know this sounds like an introduction to an addict anonymous program, but it many ways it is. So here is my story. I love to read, and if you could see my book collection, you would definitely agree with me. My love for reading began years ago, and now that love is stronger than ever. Reading makes me feel alive, sharpens my mind and adds to my intelligence. I just have an insatiable appetite for words, and I just can’t go a day without getting my daily dose. This thirst for knowledge has led me to drink from many wells. In other words, I am what some would call a simultaneous reader. That’s right, I read more than one book at a time. This has been my habit for many years, and to make matters worst I am a serial book buyer. I get sucked into buying books with irresistible captivating titles that scream at me “ Jimmy buy me!” I succumb to the pressure, and I buy. This is the result of my never-ending craving to have more books, and that is why I am Amazon’s favorite customer, they love me (Smile).
The problem gets deeper. With being a simultaneous reader and a serial book buyer, I have developed an inability to finish books that I have started, not to mention the stacks of books that I have left unread (I am sorry books). You see, I enabled this behavior by claiming to be hungry for knowledge and having a deep passion for reading. I have come to the conclusion, that my underlying issue is a lack of discipline and commitment. To take it a step further, I started assessing how these non-productive habits are manifesting in other areas of my life and how I can improve my overall productivity. In learning the discipline of finishing and commitment, we grow. So How do I get better? How do you get better? I know I’m not the only one suffering from the disease of not finishing. So here are 5 things I have been doing to help me become a finisher.
1. Commit to it:
Once you start, commit to finishing. What I learned about the process of finishing, no matter how big or small your objective is, the whole point is to create the habit of completion. Hold yourself to your word.
2. Make Your Goals Public:
You strengthen your ability to keep your commitment to your goals by sharing them with friends who will help you be responsible. A circle of accountability is a great tool.
3. Check for progress:
Tracking your progress is a great way to see how you’re doing and if you are improving. I find that it’s easy to lose my momentum and revert back to my old ways when I don’t take the time to assess my progress.
4. Say No to the New:
Another reason why I can’t seem to finish what I start is because I am always convinced that the next “New” idea, project or goal will be better than the one I’m working on. I challenge you to say no to the new until you finish the old.
5. Keep Going:
As you are embarking on this journey on becoming a finisher, I can assure you that it won’t be easy. Breaking old habits can be hard, but it can be done. You may even regress, but you must keep going. It takes time to give birth to a new habit. This is not to be used as a crutch; it’s an aid for the journey. Anything that requires effort and application will take time.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
In the pursuit of your purpose,