How many bricks does it take to complete a patio? The same amount it takes to start building a patio. Answer: ONE! This is the approach I took when I wrote my book Water The Bamboo — "one page at a time" — besides, you can only water one bucket at a time. You must focus on one brick at a time to finish. However, if you are like most people, you start more patios than you finish. I think it's okay to not finish from time to time but one should address this if it becomes a pattern.
There is often enthusiasm and energy at the beginning of a project but once this wanes and obstacles appear, many people and organizations are weighed down by their old habit patterns. It requires great discipline to stay the course of the new way. This challenge is why I exist; I help leaders and organizations stay the course of their intentions.
In the course of juggling my business and personal goals over the years I've developed strategies that have worked for me to sustain the effort towards accomplishing my intentions once the initial enthusiasm goes.
Here are 5 strategies that will help you finish what you start:
1. Get in the right mindset.
Approach projects with the understanding that there may be setbacks but vow to be a finisher.
2. Values alignment.
Make sure the project is aligned with your core values, vision, and mission. If not, abandon immediately!
3. Break the project down.
Create a 90-day plan that includes the actions you will take on a daily and weekly basis to reach your goal. Create chunks of time to work on your projects and monitor your progress.
4. Do the hard stuff first.
Often we focus on the easy parts of the project. Identify the time when you are freshest and get after the tough parts.
5. Enlist support.
Don't be afraid to ask for help or to delegate parts of the project to keep it moving.
What are some strategies you use to finish what you start? Please add to the conversation – comment below or on Twitter at @gregbellspeaks.