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Forming the habit of following through.
Plus an exciting announcement.
Hello & happy Friday!
Most things worth pursuing have a barrier of entry, which means you can’t expect to be great right from the start. You need to build up your skillset over time in order to accomplish your goals. To do this, it is important to finish what we start and develop a habit of following through.
Think about each small task as a single piece of a larger puzzle. With every piece you add, you get closer to forming the habit of following through. A well-formed habit is like a completed puzzle, every piece fitting together to help you reach your goal.
When we do not finish what we start, we miss out on the fulfillment of achievement and set ourselves up for failure before we even start our next venture.
Everything you do, make sure you fully finish to the best of your ability. Success comes with forming a healthy habit. And the best way to create a habit is through repetition. It seems obvious, but you have to put in the work to see the results.
Think about things you do daily and make it a priority to finish them. Making your bed in the morning will start you off in the right mindset. When doing the dishes, don’t stop halfway through. Respond to texts and emails right away instead of putting them off for later. Simple tasks like this—while they may seem trivial—can lead to much bigger accomplishments.
Why is it important? Healthy habits often start as small changes in your life. These small changes have a ripple effect on your behavior. Forming the simple pattern of finishing what you start will have many long-lasting benefits that will help you accomplish your long-term goals.
In the same way that small healthy habits lead to long-term results, small unhealthy or damaging habits do the same. Get into the habit of not finishing the things you start. You may find it negatively affects your life in more significant ways, such as a lack of commitment, fear of taking on more responsibility, and difficulty following through.
Once you are in the habit of finishing everything you start, more significant projects will be easier to stick with. Be selective about what projects you take on. If it does not seem like something you will be able to follow through on, consider a smaller project before you take on a bigger one.
Define your goals from the start and quantify what success will mean for you. Everyone has different ideas of what success or finishing a task means. Let's say your goal was to become a skier. To one person, that might mean making it down the bunny hill without falling, others might want to tackle the black diamond before they feel accomplished; still, others may want to tear it up on the jumps.
Break up the big projects into smaller tasks that you can easily complete. Completing each more minor task will develop a habit; once the pattern is formed, you will find it hard not to finish every task you take on, no matter the size.
On the note of this week’s newsletter, I have an exciting announcement to share with you all.
I wrote a book!
It feels good to say! I finished my manuscript. Now I am in the editing stage. I have plans to publish it later this year. So keep an eye out for future announcements. I can’t wait to share it with you all!
An Admin note.
Since I will be busy editing my novel, I will only post to this newsletter monthly during the summer. Once I finish the editing stage, I will return to the bi-weekly platform.
Thanks for reading!