Is it harder for you to start something new, or finish something old? Most writers struggle with one or the other (if not unfortunately both).
But it isn’t only writers who have this issue. It’s people.
We either fail to start what we want to do one day, or finally do but never finish. It’s the biggest dream-killer, and not because we aren’t inspired or creative enough. It’s because of these two words: “discipline” and “priority.”
I mean, isn’t that how most things get done? We discipline ourselves to get up to go to a 9-5 because well, it’s a priority.
We make time for those who we love because they are a priority. We fix the car, run around doing errands, and all sorts of tasks because we’ve disciplined ourselves to take care of them.
Unfortunately, we forget our hopes and goals are also a priority; the happiness we’ll receive in doing them is equally important.
What if writing that book was important? If building a bookshelf—because woodwork makes you happy—suddenly became a “must do” instead of a “hope to do?”
What if we poured the same amount of discipline in doing things for others and “taking care of business” as we did those that make our dreams a reality; the goals that once fulfilled, bring us joy.
“I don’t have the time,” you say.
The art of starting is easier than you think…
And it begins with setting aside time, even if only once a week, to do one thing on your goals’ to-do-list. Even if you only have at most an hour, or as little as ten minutes to give.
Sometimes telling ourselves we don’t have the time is an excuse. Other moments, it’s for a legitimate reason.
Let me explain.
Excuses are lies. It doesn’t matter what it is for and from whom it comes.
I’m not good enough to do this or that.
I’m unable to write today because I’ve spent hours on Facebook (unknowingly).
That bookshelf? Well, I’ll just do it another day. (Where are the procrastinators?)
Then there are reasons. A legitimate cause as to why something has (or hasn’t occurred).
I called out sick because I had the flu.
I couldn’t go shopping because I had the car fixed.
I didn’t have time to write today because I was taking my children to the doctor, or wanted to catch up with old friends who visited.
Stop giving yourself excuses on what you can’t do, and start giving yourself reasons on why you can. Everyday on your daily to-do-list you should have these three things:
Take time to do what makes me happy,
What makes me whole,
What makes me come alive.
For most of us, working on our dreams and goals accomplishes all three.
Starting isn’t hard and finishing can be easier. You just need discipline to make accomplishing your dreams and goals a priority.