Have you ever started working on projects that you were excited about, but didn’t finish them? If you have, no worries…I think we’ve all been there.
I had a real struggle with finishing what I started. I had this great idea for a new project and halfway through, I’d quit. Sometimes, years later I’d find that unfinished scarf I was crocheting, ideas to create new greeting cards in my journal or web designs I’d begun creating still in draft mode.
Why did I stop mid-way through? To find out, I studied a few projects that I thought I’d really want to work on to see what made me stop. What I discovered was twofold:
- My goals were too high, they weren’t realistic for me to meet and;
- I was too impatient, wanting to get everything done too quickly which again was unrealistic.
The gist with any project is it takes time, commitment and patience. Here’s three tips that I find useful:
- Begin every project with prayer. The fact is we need God and His direction to do anything. He loves it when we have visions or ideas but by praying and asking for his wisdom and knowledge, we can avoid pitfalls along the way. His guidance is phenomenal and essential if we want to finish with success.
- Determine the level of difficulty. Sometimes what we’re trying to achieve may require additional help. Or, maybe having a skill you may need to learn. Case in point: WordPress. I knew I wanted to transition my web design skills to WP but it required intensive learning. I spent six full months straight to understand it. It turned out be a successful move, because I use it for my day job and to run all my blogs and businesses.
- Be realistic about the timeframe. You don’t always know what’s involved in a project until you get deep into it. Writing down your project in a book into specific steps needed to complete it can give you a great visual. This way, you can set deadlines that you can actually fulfill without becoming overwhelmed.
And if you have to start from the beginning, it’s not always a bad thing. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you are fickle or wishy washy. When I was crocheting or knitting, sometimes I had to rip out all my stitches and begin again because either the yarn wasn’t the right weight or I needed to use a larger or smaller crochet hook or knitting needle.
Don’t give in to the lie that you can’t finish anything or that you’re a quitter. The enemy loves to berate us when we think we’ve failed. But remember he’s a liar, there’s no truth in him.
Planning out projects well and giving yourself ample time increases your chances to success. Remember to not get a rush to get it all done overnight either. In fact, I made these couple of images above just to remind myself of this very thing.