Finish What You Start

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Leaving tasks undone and goals unreached can do a number on your self image. But this one tip will have you finishing what you start.

When the sun sets a little later, and the music plays a little louder we all know that cookout season is upon us. Whether it’s with family or friends, a lot of us enjoy hangin’ with our folks over some good charcoal flavored meat.

We know that our kids enjoy cookouts just as much as we do. And there is a telltale sign that kids are at a cookout…..half-empty cans of soda.

That’s right. The same kids that we know are a blessing from the Lord have this knack for not finishing their drinks.

You might be thinking, “How much money is left on this picnic table in the form of a half drank orange soda?!”

Trust me…you aren’t the only one who’s wondered.

The reality is that a lot of us may not leave half empty sodas on the picnic table. But, how many of us struggle with the overall concept of finishing?

The very thing that may annoy us about the half-empty soda can is sometimes a reflection of our own habits.

Leaving our goals unfinished is a habit that must be broken.We have to learn how to be good finishers.

Let’s look at one way to become a good finisher:

Set and complete attainable goals.

Some of us know the feeling of reading a good book. Perhaps you want to get some good reading in before you hit the sack. But when you open the book, you realize the next chapter is 20 pages long!

If your eyes are already getting heavy, you may be convinced to push your reading to the next day.

On the other hand, if the chapter is only four pages, you may be more likely to say, “I can knock this out in 5-10 min.”

If the next chapters are all only 3-4 pages each, you may be encouraged to keep on because you’re reading in bite size portions. Before you know it, you’ve read 20 pages even though you may not have intended to.

This same principle should be transferred to other areas of your life.

Even with your major financial goals, you can achieve them one dollar at a time.

Learn to set short, attainable goals.

The more attainable your goals, the more likely you are to finish. The more you finish, the more finishing becomes a part of your nature.

The more finishing becomes a part of your nature, the better your self-image will be.

When that self-image continues to grow, you can take a look in the mirror with a peace of mind and a smile knowing that you finish what you start.


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