OK, I admit: this next post in my blog series on Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose is one that especially troubles me. Procrastination is an unwillingness to finish what we start.
It makes me experience a strange combination of feelings, including anger, defensiveness, frustration, and guilt. Am I really *unwilling* to finish what I start? [Update: I started this post last night, got sleepy, and was unwilling to stay up any later to finish! Wow, lessons of life…]
This idea sent me into a period of retrospection and reflection, followed by the realization that there have in fact been times that I simply didn’t want to finish something I started (projects, meal preparation, freelance work, schoolwork, plans for one thing or another…).
Other times, I’m not sure if it is unwillingness as much as taking on too much — being out of balance — and getting overwhelmed to the point that I feel unable to accomplish what I should. So maybe, after all, it does end up being an unintentional unwillingness to finish what I started!
I think some of the most glaring unfinished things have been freelance projects, plans to de-clutter and reorganize around home, and sewing projects. The problem is, as I’ve mentioned before in a quote from Joyce Meyer, the inherent character flaws that cause this issue won’t go away if I continue NOT to face them and change myself and my attitude toward them:
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.
The next post in the series is: Procrastination is an inability to fulfill our potential.
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
So what do you think? Is it just me, or do others of you struggle with the issue of being unwilling to finish what you start, either consciously and unintentionally? Do you think it’s rebellion? Fear? Laziness? Overwhelmed and over-committed?