Two Indispensable Keys to Success What It Takes to Start and Finish

Some neither dream nor risk, and thus they live afraid of starting anything new. Others are great starters, but don’t have what it takes to see it through and get it done. They lose momentum and their life becomes a trail of unfinished start-ups.

The bookends of success are starting and finishing. We must commit to both. In this article I will share with you what it takes to accomplish start and to finish.

I was recently working on a project for my herb garden: building three wooden shelves attached to one another, each containing a different herb. My wife and I enjoy eating herbs planted in smaller pots, but we wanted a larger quantity. I looked at market availability and did not find anything I really liked, so I designed the shelves you see in the photo above.

I began the project three weeks ago, and last weekend it was still not finished. Even though I had help, we could not seem to complete my new project because of other urgent things that impeded progress. As I thought about how to wrap it up, I was reminded of the importance of not only starting a project—because many times we don’t even begin—but also finishing it.

I can think of several projects I have started but never finished. A few years ago, I started writing a book I called Head and Heart. I loved the premise of that book. I worked on it with my team for months, but for several reasons, we did not finish it. I am convinced that accomplished people start regularly and finish consistently.  It takes two different skill sets to start and to finish. We must excel at both.

What It Takes to Start

  1. Releasing imagination
  2. Being willing to risk
  3. Not second-guessing
  4. Not seeking perfection
  5. Being bold
  6. Dreaming
  7. Having faith
  8. Resisting fear of failure
  9. Avoiding over-commitment
  10. Not neglecting your priorities

What It Takes to Finish

  1. Focus
  2. Organization
  3. Delegation
  4. Trust
  5. Determination
  6. Looking past perfection
  7. Maintaining momentum
  8. Controlling the urgent
  9. Acknowledging that unfinished projects have no value
  10. Simply getting it done

I hope your life is not spent on the sidelines watching others play. Get in there! Dream! The world is waiting for leaders to both start and finish projects that make a positive impact. 

Your Friend,
Wes Saade MD Signature

For Further Reading:

How to Get Things Done
The Important Things We Must Ignore

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