Finish What You Start!

Finish what you startIt’s been 2012 for a little over a month and a half now and I already feel that I’ve accomplished so much more than in the entirety of 2011.

Every January instead of a making a New Year’s resolution, I opt to do something a little more useful with my time, a process which can make not just one positive change in my life, but potentially many.  I recap all of my accomplishments from the previous year.  This includes reviewing each week’s summary on my “to do list” and highlighting my most significant successes that were accomplished and then highlighting the most significant tasks that still were incomplete.

In doing so I noticed that I had put a lot of my priorities on hold because I was starting too many new projects and so I’ve made a commitment now to simply finish what I start.  This forces me to prioritize the options in which I choose to invest my time in and has already made a significant positive impact on my productivity.  How so?

Here’s the list of some of the personal accomplishments I’ve tackled in the month of January alone.  I’ve also included links in case you’d like to learn more about why I’ve made the decisions that I have:

  • Started renovating our basement, slated for completion by the end of Q1 2012
  • Increased my deductibles on my house and car insurance saving 25% in annual insurance expenses (find out more)
  • Opened up an registered education savings plan for my son (this may not be the best investment for many parents since it’s not tax-deductible, do your research)
  • Assessed 30 multiplexes for future investment, closed on one multiplex

Furthermore, this week I received my diploma from Doug and Melanie Nelson’s Catch Fire University that I also recently successfully completed and I’m very proud of myself.

Most importantly my new approach of finishing what I’ve started is rewarding me in ways I never knew possible –stress is practically non-existent, I don’t feel overwhelmed even when extremely busy and I remain 100% confident that I’m focused on the highest priorities on my list at all times and by completing what I start, I don’t leave any loose ends behind.

You should try it!  Make a commitment to yourself to finish everything that you start.  You’ll be utterly surprised how free this commitment will make you feel!  If you “sweat the small stuff” now, don’t worry, it’ll soon be a side-effect of your past.

Brent Mondoux
CEO, N-VisionIT Interactive

Ottawa web design

2 comments on “Finish What You Start!

  1. The rule I follow is not to commit to anything, because then you don’t have to wrap up any loose ends. Something I picked up from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles”.

    Especially with family members and friends – they’ll call you up, ask you about attending an event, or helping them out in some way (ie. “can you make me a website? for free, we’re family right… I have this great business idea, just need someone to help me put it together”). I used to feel compelled when someone called to always give them an answer right away. One of the “Success Principles” recommends saying something like “let me think it over and I’ll get back to you”. Step away from the phone conversation. If they hussle you, follow up with something like “I don’t make decisions on the spot, I need to check my plans, think it over, and then I’ll get back to you”. That way you’re not committing to everything that comes your way.

    What I found is that I used to commit to a lot of things I didn’t want to do. So I would show up, or do that favor, and my attitude would be bitter because I felt hussled, or the results would be half-assed because I wasn’t inspired to do my best work. What ends up happening is you put yourself in an experience that isn’t worthy of you, and the result being it wrecks your mood and self-esteem. And also, because you committed to an event of low-caliber, you blocked off time and energy you could have invested in a better experience.

    It’s the same attitude that you can apply to business. Half of the trouble is making a good income. The second half is keeping your commitments few. If you commit to too many experiences, or if you commit to the wrong experiences, you’ll spread yourself thin and the rewards will be small or non-existent.

    Why commit to a client that will require $16,000 of work for a website they’ll only pay $10,000? Just turn that client down, close the company for a week, and use that $6,000 you were going to burn on a trip to Vegas.

    Honestly, I think that’s the only reason people don’t close up loose ends on commitments. If the incentive was there, the drive would naturally be there. If you’re working for free, or worse, you’re losing money to work – you’ve committed to the wrong experience.

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