Finish What You Start

I’m reviving another post from January, because the topic expresses my goal for this month’s Ultimate Blog Challenge: finish what I start!

I have had a chronic case of NOT finishing things and I’m determined to change that bad habit.

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[Even though this original post was about the new year, it could just as easily be about a new month, week, or day].

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Obviously, just because the year ends, it doesn’t mean we automatically finish everything we have been doing at the stroke of midnight as a new year starts.  We often have to tie up loose ends, or something may in fact be an ongoing project or a part of our lives that remains.

 

In this case, I’m referring to those projects we have started, or those obligations or commitments we have made, that we need to complete as part of our new year’s plan of action.  This concept especially hit home with me when I began working on putting things back in place after we did some major home improvements over the summer.

 

In addition to realizing we simply have too much STUFF – I also came across old notebooks listing projects to make or complete, goals to achieve, and other plans to implement or continue – as well as dozens (OK, actually 100+) sewing and craft projects in various stages of completion (from cut out, ready to sew –to nearly done).

 

Here’s what Joyce Meyer says in New Day New You  for the devotional thought on September 16, about the topic of finishing what we start:

 

If you have been tempted recently to give up–don’t! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start.

Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make a decision to be more than people who never reached their full potential.

 

How about you? Do you have things you need to finish, to be successful in 2013?

 

As  I said, I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

I have started it – and I plan to finish it! Anybody else doing this or another blog challenge? Do you have other areas of life in which you have started something, but never finished it?

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8 comments to “Finish What You Start”

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  1. Lyn Blackledge - July 3, 2013 Reply

    It is all too easy to get distracted. I too have started the Ultimate blog challenge before and failed. this time I am determined to achieve my goal. I hope you do too and I look forward to following you

  2. Carolyn Moore - July 3, 2013 Reply

    Love the energy, Klee! I believe you will finish. Marie Forleo posted a fabulous video about why we don’t finish what we start and one of her thoughts really struck me – we let our personal goals be optional in a way that we don’t allow for tasks for our bosses, friends, and family. That set me straight. I’m going to finish too. Praying & sending good thoughts your way!
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  3. Rasheed - July 3, 2013 Reply

    Like you I’ve struggled with finishing things. I think it’s my Aries nature in me…quick to start something but not that great at finishing it.

    I have a new mantra…Win a day = winning a week = winning a month = winning the year! And in order for me to win a day…i must complete my task set out for myself!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
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  4. Debbie - July 3, 2013 Reply

    I have a tendency to start many projects as the spirit moves me. Every 4 to 6 years I tell myself no more until these projects are done.

    This seems to keep me in check.
    I am really going to try to make the 31 days this time…
    Best wishes to you for the same.
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  5. Ambitious Curls - July 3, 2013 Reply

    Quitting is definitely a habit! And it gets harder each time. Great reminder!
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  6. Author Bek Mugridge (@bekmugridge) - July 4, 2013 Reply

    It really can be SO easy to be tempted with the thrill of new projects or do get distracted when you should be focused on finishing, I’ll bet its why they say there are thousands of amazing manuscripts around the world that writers haven’t finished 🙂
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  7. Francene Stanley - July 4, 2013 Reply

    I’ve made a commitment to myself to blog every day for the year 1013. So far, I’ve only had one day where I was less than enthusiastic. I think it’s in my nature to finish what I begin.
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  8. Lorena - July 4, 2013 Reply

    Too much to do. There’s always something I feel I should be working on that’s “more important,” so I shift my priorities. Often away from what’s important to me and my goals. I love the quote you’ve added…great perspective to add.
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