Do you have a hard time settling down and completing one task? Do you, or someone you know, have the best intentions in the world, but often fall short on delivery because you’re often pulled in too many directions at once?
I find many creative individuals struggle with seeing things through to the end, so rest assured, you’re in great company.
The problem is, when on the road to chasing (and more importantly, achieving) goals, it is imperative that we finish that which we start.
Why Half-Stepping Should Not Be For You.
If you’re in a habit of starting and stopping tasks on a regular basis, what makes goal chasing any different?
Please do not fool yourself into believing that “This time it will be different.” It was the great Aristotle who said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The time is now to promise yourself to commit to completing that which you start – no more half-stepping!
My Half-Stepping Start.
My dad always taught me that I must finish that which I start. Because of this, I was usually careful with the activities chosen to pursue. Until that one day…
I remember it like it was yesterday, begging my dad to sign me up for Hip-Hop dance classes. All of my friends were doing it during recess breaks and I had recently watched a dance-off in a movie - it looked too cool to pass up.
“How hard could it be?” I remember asking myself. Knowing me very well, my dad asked multiple times whether I was sure about it. “Yes, I promise! I want to do Hip-Hop.” The words I’d soon regret.
It didn't take long for me to realize that Hip Hop dance was not for me. I loved the music and watching people shaking their groove thang, but trying to get my body to cooperate was another story.
Very quickly I was embarrassed by my lack of skill and wanted to quit. My dad, who had now spent money for the entire term made it very clear that this was not an option. Needless to say, going forward, I was extremely selective with all that I entered into, and to this day the lesson remains and is one of the main reasons I have such clarity and ensure that I chase my goals to the very end.
Lesson For My Daughter.
Not too long ago, I noticed a similar habit taking shape with my daughter, to the young girl all those years ago who wanted to attend hip hop dance class. Only with her, it was with reading.
Ramaya (my daughter) looooves books. She gets giddy walking into a bookstore and begs for books on a daily basis. Great, right? The problem was, however, that because she had acquired so many books, she would start them, stop and hop onto another.
Many advised that this was perfectly normal and that I should encourage her love for books by continuing to purchase them, but "momma didn't raise no fool" (I've always wanted to write that). This was a habit that I wanted to nip in the bud. Against all recommendations, I stopped buying her books.
I explained my reasoning to her, and refused to purchase one more book until she completed all of the ones that she had. If this gives me a Horrible Parent Award, I will proudly receive it and stand for a photo op.
The lesson Ramaya had to learn was much greater than her love for books and I knew that if she loved them as much as I knew she did, she will catch on and finish that which she started. And she did. Now, not only does she finish each (and read the ones she really loves multiple times), she also wants to begin her own YouTube channel doing book reviews for kids, so do lookout for “Ramaya Reads” soon on a computer screen near you. A mini Goal Chaser she is.
Now, I must ask you, is there an area in your life where you've been half-stepping, not completing that which you start, or worse, not giving it your all?
Not only are you letting others who believe in you down, more importantly, you’re letting down yourself. Time to step out of the losers' circle permanently.
This is where you make the decision to fully commit to all which you start, and not just commit, but thrive at it. Deal?
Make completing tasks a habit. Remember the Aristotle quote above and strive to make excellence a habit by completing all that you do to the best of your ability.
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