We all set goals and, in one way or another, make attempts to reach them. But how often do you finish what you set out to do? While nobody likes to admit that they’re quitters, not following through on goals is an all too common occurrence. Even for the most motivated people in the world, completing what they start is never easy.
Ok, so you quit a couple projects here and there. What’s the big deal? While quitting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, making it a habit may lead to bigger, underlying issues. At the end of the day, quitting something that you already started means that you are 1) unsuccessful at your attempt and 2) wasting your time and money. Whether you see it or not, there is always a positive to finishing what you start. Even if you don’t get the results that you want, seeing your goal to completion is a learning experience. This applies to both your personal and professional lives.
If you are ready to be serious about your goals, here are three simple tips to help you finish what you start:
1) Figure out what you want to do before you get started.
Many people ending up quitting because they started a goal or project they really shouldn’t have in the first place. If you want stop quitting, figure out what you want to do before you even get started. What are you short term and long term goals? How will this help you reach them? Play to your strengths and challenge yourself in the process. Set goals that will help advance you to next level, personally or professionally.
2) Set a plan and track your progress.
How long will it take you to reach your goal? How much money do you need to finance need? Whose help will you require? If you don’t already have the answers to these questions, then you are already setting yourself up for failure. Once you figure out what you want to do, you need to start thinking about how you are are going to do it. Set a tough but realistic game plan for yourself. At every check point, track your progress and hold yourself accountable to it.
3) Picture the end result and work towards it.
Is motivation your main problem? Every time you think about quitting and how much more relieved you would feel, think about the finish line instead and how much more proud you would be of yourself. No, you’re not going to finish everything you start and that’s OK. But try your hardest too. Remember that the things that are worth it in life never come easy.