What exactly is finishing what you start and following through? You have may
heard these phrases before, but what do they mean?
To me, they mean making your intentions reality. Too often, we’ll say we’ll do
something, and we might even start it one lucky weekend. But at the first sign of
hardship, fatigue, boredom, or busyness, we abandon it all too easily and it sits
in our garage (mental, figurative, or literal) for the rest of eternity.
Finishing what you start and following through is breaking through that common
loop and taking hold of your life.
My personal experience with finishing what I start has been checkered. One
summer, I promised myself that I would carve a wooden canoe, about 12 inches
long and 3 inches wide. Not too big, but a sufficient challenge for someone with
no woodworking experience. The first week, I made a considerable dent in my
wood block. The second week, my hands were sore and the new Star Wars
movie was out. The third week, I was too busy seeing Star Wars again and
procrastinating. My wooden canoe wasn’t meant to be.
But every time I walked through my garage to my car, the canoe was a damning
reminder of my laziness and inability to follow through. It wore on me until I
committed myself to finishing it a couple of summers later. You can probably
guess what happened. The first week went great, the second week was moderate,
and the third week I was already running on fumes.