When it comes to goals, are you a great starter or a great finisher? This question really kind of slapped me in the face a few weeks ago when I read this Harvard Business Review article, “How to Become a Great Finisher.”
The gist of the article is that those who focus on how much they have to go tend to reach goals more often than those who focus on how much they’ve accomplished to date. This hit home for me as a SAHM of a three-year-old and a WAHM trying to find her creative entrepreneurial groove. Too many frustrating days of not accomplishing everything I wanted to have led me away from the “to go” mentality I used to employ and finding comfort in “to date” thinking. And while I believe in being gentle with yourself, I realize how focusing too much on what’s done can take needed energy away from what’s left to do.
What this article did was force me to admit something about myself.
New project ideas are like crack to me.
When projects take longer than planned (a side effect of being a SAHM/WAHM), motivation and energy levels can start to wane, especially as I reach the tedious end bits. And there’s nothing quite like the rush of a new project idea, full of exciting possibilities, to perk me back up. But as with each previous fix, my excitement level often doesn’t sustain the motivation and time required to reach the end, and I find myself drifting away from a project, in search of the next exciting project idea.
I’m working to break that habit, starting by finishing my ABC project. It’s FINALLY done and it feels awesome! I’ll be sharing that soon, but in the meantime, I want to know…
Are you a starter or a finisher? How do you maintain motivation to see projects through to their end?