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5 Ways to Follow Through and Finish Something That You Start

5 Ways to Follow Through and Finish Something That You Start

As humans, we’re great with the idea of starting things. Whether it’s a home renovation project, 1,000-pieces jigsaw puzzle, book trilogy, or yard work, we’ve got the “start” aspect down. However, very few of us are good at finishing. If you – like many others – don’t follow through on a regular basis, this can be frustrating and worrisome. It’s time for you to learn how to consistently finish the tasks that you start.

1. Be Careful of What You Start

In order to finish something that you start, you have to be selective about what you start in the first place. If you’re always starting new tasks and projects without considering the amount of time, money, or effort required, then you aren’t going to be much of a “closer”.

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“I have embarked on things which I was half-interested in in the past, for example learning tennis or learning Japanese. Eventually I stopped them mid-way. This resulted in waste of time and resources which could have been better utilized elsewhere,” life coach Celestine Chua says. “If you set a high threshold on what you want to do, the completion rate is also higher.”

2. Set Goals and Milestones

Let’s say you embark on the massive goal of building your own house. If your only goal is to finish the house so that it’s move-in ready, do you really think you’re going to stay motivated for months or years? Probably not. However, if you set goals and milestones along the way – such as finishing the foundation, framing the walls, installing plumbing and electrical, constructing the roof, etc. – you’re much more likely to stay on track. The moral of the story is that goals are good.

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3. Use A Reward System

CBT Nuggets, a leading online IT training vendor, encourages using some sort of rewards-based system with clients to help them stay on track. They even use it in-house to ensure success.

“One of our team members here at CBT Nuggets talks about his training habit including hot tea with lots of sugar in it when he sits down to train, every afternoon at 1:00,” Karin Klinger explains. “He is so consistent in drinking sugary tea while he trains, that now when he gets a craving for tea and sugar, his brain also expects that it’s time to train. He has successfully married his training to a time (cue) and reward (tea with sugar), which has resulted in the development of a true habit.”

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4. Carve Out Time

The reason so many people fail to finish projects is because they don’t make time for them. They always put the work off, saying something like, “I’ll get around to it tomorrow.” Well, the truth is that you won’t get around to it if you don’t carve out some time. Add the task to your schedule and you’ll probably succeed.

5. Find an Accountability Partner

Depending on how your intrinsic motivation works and the amount of ambition and discipline you have, it may be challenging for you to stay on track. It’s possible to encourage yourself, but it’s also good to have someone else help you out.

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Find an accountability partner and ask them to check on you. For example, let’s say you’re reading a book and have a goal of finishing it in 10 days. You can have your accountability partner call each evening at 9 p.m. to ask for a recap of what you read. This simple act will increase your chances of staying on track.

It’s Time to Start Finishing!

Once you realize that it’s possible to consistently finish what you start, your whole mindset will change. Suddenly, you’ll realize that you can accomplish things and embark on challenges without fear of failure.

Use these tips to get started!

Featured photo credit: Entrepreneur via entrepreneur.com

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Last Updated on November 13, 2018

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Living a Fulfilling Life?

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Living a Fulfilling Life?

Don’t we all want to live a full, happy and satisfied life? For some of us, it need not be a long life as long as it’s been a fulfilling life of achievements, happiness and no regrets. But, how many of us actually go on to experience that entirely? It sometimes sounds more like a pipe dream–a fantasy rather than reality.

And then you’ll also get comments from some, saying that this ‘fulfilling life’ is only possible if you’re so rich that you don’t have to care about working, paying the bills or providing for your family. While there is some truth to that, I’m happy to say that financial freedom isn’t the only answer to living a fulfilling life.

Living a Fulfilling Life is Within Reach

Anyone can pursue a life of fullness, and it all starts with the willingness to learn. How many years has it been since you last attended a class in school? If you’re well into your adult years as a working professional, chances are it’s been a while. Do you remember the times where you had to wake up for early morning lectures? Or the times where you were rushing through a paper or project? And, of course there were the endless exams that you had to cram for.

As a young college student, I remember looking forward to the time when I would finally be done with school! No more homework, no more grades to worry about, no more stress! The learning was finally done and I could enter the working world.

Not so much!

Now that I’ve finally entered the working world, there are moments where I do wish to be a student again; it seemed less stressful then!

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There is simply so much out there that I still need to learn and experience. Yet I find myself pressed for time. With family commitments, my business and my own social life to juggle, I’ve had to keep on finding for new ways to learn and absorb new information efficiently. Over the years, I’ve found that by learning new skills and knowledge, I was able to find answers and solutions to my problems, which allowed me to achieve a greater sense of fulfillment.

Learning Never Ends

The truth is, learning never ends. Generally speaking, it is true that a formal education and the resulting qualifications are important in securing good jobs; jobs that allow you to excel, earn more and perhaps become more successful in our chosen career. But going to school is only one type of learning. All throughout your life, you’re learning in many ways. All these experiences shape and grow you into the person that you are today.

There are many opportunities to further your knowledge and develop the skills you need throughout life. Knowledge can be acquired and skill-sets can be developed anywhere. However, lifelong learning is about creating and maintaining a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development.

Many people overlook the fact that learning can take place anywhere and in many forms. Most would tend to think of learning as the years spent in a learning institute, which occurs mostly in their younger days. And once you go out into the working world, your ‘learning’ ends.

This is not how it has to be–in fact, lifelong learning is a gift that keeps on giving.

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

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Why is it important to become a lifelong learner?

A lifelong learner is motivated to learn and develop because they want to; it is a deliberate and voluntary act. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities, and improve our quality of life.

You’ll Remain Relevant in the Workplace

With advancements in society today, the human life expectancy continues to increase, which means more people are also retiring at a later age. So no matter what stage of life you’re in, being a lifelong learner brings its own rewards. It means we can get more personal satisfaction from our lives and jobs as we understand more about who we are and what we do.

This can lead to better results and a more rewarding working day in turn. Whether it’s for advancing your career, a personal interest or wanting to pursue new dreams, learning automatically pushes you forward towards progress and enhances your wellbeing.

You’ll Increase Your Earning Potential

From a financial point of view, a more highly skilled and knowledgeable worker is an asset to any company. This also leads to faster promotion with associated salary increases.

Someone who can offer more expertise will be of more value not just to employers but also to customers. Expertise is also, often, a key quality of an effective leader.

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And since you’ll constantly be accumulating knowledge, you’ll have an edge on those who don’t value lifelong learning and can’t bring as much to the table. Your extra knowledge will translate into transferable skills, which means you’ll always be primed to blow the competition out of the water.

Learning Gives You Options

Of course, one of the most rewarding reasons for continuous learning, is that it gives you options! Successfully changing career path in mid-life and spending time informally developing expertise is more common than ever, especially during rapidly changing market conditions.

Whatever your age, it’s never too late to start fresh in life. When you start educating yourself and exposing yourself to new knowledge and information, you widen your opportunities. This will allow you to do more than what you may currently be doing, or give you a way out if you’re not happy or fulfilled with where you’re at now.

Our economy is shifting increasingly towards short-term and part-time contracts with more flexible work-patterns. We have to adapt to changes going on in the work-world, make more of ourselves by stepping out of our comfort zones, and break the false ideas about our potential and how we believe life is going.

Gain More with Cornerstone Skills

You may be well into your career, but feel like somehow, something is still missing. Or maybe you’re not entirely happy with where you’re at in your career path and feel it’s time to reflect and perhaps do something new. Or you might be thinking of retiring soon, and thinking about next steps after retirement.

The learning never needs to stop!

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This can be your chance to go after a dream or interest that you’ve always had (but never had the opportunity, or time, to pursue). This could finally be the time for you to create the change that you know you should have made ages ago.

Why not take the first step to learn about 7 important Cornerstone Skills, which will help take your life to the next stage?

Whatever situation you’re in, having these 7 Cornerstone Skills will no doubt equip you to tackle the challenges of life much more efficiently. Don’t let age, your limitations or a comfort zone stop you from seeking greater rewards and self-improvement.

Transformation and change is in your hands–you have the power to make big things happen, and we can help teach you the skills. Don’t let life pass you by! It’s time to pursue a fulfilling and happy life.

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