Why We Don’t Finish What We Start
Everyone has at least one special talent. A unique ability or experience that qualifies them as an expert. What is my offering to the world? I am a habitual quitter. I have practiced the art of quitting for most of my life. My mastery of this topic allows me to help others find their way to the finish line and avoid traveling down the same path I once took.
In order to leave this horrible habit behind in 2018, we first need to understand the three main reasons why people don’t finish what they start. Until you are aware of the obstacles you may meet along the way, you will never have the ability to face them, and overcome the stranglehold they have on your life.
Reason #1 - Perfectionism
Many wonderful ideas never see the light of day due to perfectionism. By wanting to share unbelievable value with others, sometimes we end up giving them nothing. We continually polish and tweak our work, all the while confusing movement with productivity.
To overcome this obstacle, you must understand that perfection is a myth. Even the most successful entrepreneurs failed their way to where they are now, and you will, too. What looks easy to them today came from years of learning what NOT to do. Sheryl Sandberg’s quote said it best, “Done is Better than Perfect.” The key is to just get started, and work hard at getting better along the way.
Reason #2 - Worrying About the Opinions of Others
Being vulnerable is difficult, especially at a time when haters are able to hide behind their computer screens. But people who are purpose driven and have big dreams are going to face friction from those who don’t have the same mindset. It is our responsibility to look past the negativity and focus on what truly matters…sharing our gift with the people who need it most.
The best defense against this obstacle is having faith in your mission. Do you truly believe in what you are doing? Are you doing it for the right reasons? Are you trying to help people, and possibly make money, OR are you trying to make money, and possibly help people? Stand strong in your mission and the noise from the naysayers become much less distracting.
Reason #3 - False Expectations
We live in a world of instant gratification. We expect to start something and become successful immediately. When we find out that creating a new business takes a lot of work, time, and patience, we end up mentally drained and crawl back into our comfort zone.
Having an exceptional life is not going to be easy, but you have to decide if it’s going to be worth it. To avoid having false expectations, you have to decide how you want your life to be, and determine why you want it to be that way. If your why is strong enough, it will always pull you towards your goals.
My name is Jason C Adams and I am on a mission to Finish What I Start! After 20+ years in various leadership positions for several Fortune 100 companies, I am looking beyond the cubicle, and discovering my true purpose as an international speaker and best-selling author. Though, I am not there yet, I am documenting my entire journey from Misery to Mastery. You can follow along at www.JasonCAdams.com.