Ever Hear Something That Impacts You in a Way You Didn’t Expect?
Ever hear something that impacts you in a way you didn’t expect? A phrase Pat Flynn said recently did that for me. He said:
“A half-finished project might as well be no project at all.”
“So true,” I thought. “Half-finished projects aren’t doing anything for you. They don’t start helping you move forward until and unless you finish them.”
But after thinking about it more, I realized that it goes deeper than that.
Half-finished projects can actually be worse than no project at all — especially if you have a bunch of them laying around.
Why? Because they drain your energy, and you may feel like you’re making progress when really? You’re just jumping from one cool idea to another. The projects become busywork, in a sense, while leaving a lingering sense of guilt over unfinished business in their wake.
And that’s sad, because you might have the greatest idea since sliced bread laying around, just waiting for completion.
Me? I’ve begun to recognize that I will always be a hummingbird, sipping at one brightly-colored flower after another. But by gosh I’m going to be a hummingbird that gets all the jobs done.
I may have half a dozen half-finished projects laying around, but I’m re-committed to spending at least a little bit of time working on each of them weekly until they’re all done.
I’m determined to see actual progress, and then completions, before I start any (more!) new ones.
What about you? Is there a project or goal you’re planning to recommit to?