"The soul is the truth of who we are."
Marianne Williamson

Monday, May 28, 2012

FINISHING FIRST.........................




Do you often leave things undone?  I know I have.  For most of my life I had a hard time finishing projects.  I don't know if it was because I had to have it perfect or if I was just procrastinating or if I had a slight case of ADD.  Probably the latter if I had to guess.  Anyway....when I reached my late 40's  and early 50's I made a pact with myself to not leave one unfinished project after another.

One way I managed to do this was by NOT starting a project unless I was absolutely passionate about doing it.  I find I have many interests and my thoughts can often be blown about like the wind...but if I commit to finishing just ONE THING I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT.....it makes it that much easier to finish the other projects I want to tackle.

Do any of you have ideas about keeping yourself on track and finishing......unfinished projects?  Please let us know here.

Hugs,

Jo

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12 comments:

  1. Projects??? My project for today is to get the laundry done. LOL

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  2. Hi Jo,
    I too have many interests, and I often have several projects going at once, but I try not to start another project in the same genre until the last one is finished. When I am bored, I will take out one of those old projects that I didn't like enough to finish, and rethink it, challenging myself to make it better, and I generally get excited about it and when it is done it pleases me.
    Have a good day,
    Marti

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  3. If anyone can send you any tips
    on this I will gladly follow them
    as I'm a devil for leaving things unfinished!

    I often put things on the back burner
    and then forget about them!

    Hope your week is good


    Fiona

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  4. Oh my, sounds so much like me. I've done this almost my entire life. In July I am scheduled to begin a course in the Kaballah. I can't tell you how many times I have started and dropped out. This time I plan on doing it.
    Mary

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  5. Now in my 60's.. I can tell you, that before I start anything..i will be sure to try and finish it, I find it hard..there are so many new things one one's to do and then the garden and reading. I am busier now, than i have ever been.
    I have a few projects to finish, before i start the next.
    Happy tuesday
    val

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  6. I thought having lots of unfinished projects was normal LOL. There are just so many things I want to do and not enough time in the day.

    Hope you are having a good day Jo.

    xo,
    Danielle

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  7. I just had a discussion with a new friend from the neighborhood who has so many projects she wants to do that none of them get done because she feels overwhelmed all the time. I told her its because she needs to finish one entirely before starting the next. Absolute. It is how I do it, otherwise I'd feel angry with myself with so many things undone for any amount of time. So I finish what I start, smile, then start another.

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  8. When I was pregnant with my first son I knitted two sleeves for a cardigan, second son I knitted the back for it and third son I knitted the front. Perhaps I should sew it together for my first grandchild!!!!

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  9. I have a hard time starting projects, not so much finishing them. Like you, I am a perfectionist and worry too much how things will turn out! But once I start something, I keep at it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. I totally think the KEY WORD here is ...what are you passionate enough about to WANT to finish.
    sometimes it is just a "list"
    certainly not a passion

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  11. Jo, my jaw dropped as
    I read this as it describes
    ME to a T! I agree with Wendy's
    comment that the key word is,
    indeed, PASSION. Time is such
    a precious commodity that a
    project that I CHOOSE {unlike
    those that must be done that
    I DON"T choose; cleaning out
    the storage room, ironing, etc}
    has to capture my heart or I will
    not see it to fruition. I read all
    the comments with interest ~
    what a great topic, sweet friend!

    xo Suzanne

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  12. ...what a conversation piece! ~ tip of the moment: just keep doing what it is that drives the creative spirit to do! ~ it will all come together in the end! ~ it's when rules start coming into the fore ~ that things become unstuck!... ...to doing it with passion or no ~ creative muse has her moments ~ and it's in the spur of the moment that passion comes ~ usually totally out of the blue ~ like a thunder bolt ~ and we have to be ready to either follow that inspired moment ~ or, leave it for another thunder bolt to come at a later date!... ...blessed be dear kindred sister!... ...xXx... ...Samantha...

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