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    If you are motivated you’ll be able to complete whatever it is

    In most cases it may be easier to finish something once you have started however this isn’t always the case.

    Have you ever started something and never completed it?

    I know I have. Sometimes it can be a matter of that not being the right task for you. For instance you may have signed up for a business class and ended up dropping out as it was not the right course for you.

    You may have to look into the reason you didn’t complete something as if you find this is a common occurrence it may be more than you not being clear on your goals, knowing what you really want and what is right for you.

    Of course knowing what you really want and setting goals can help you achieve results and see things through to the end. What happens if you are clear on your goals but something keeps holding you back from accomplishing those tasks?

    Generally it is fear of something that holds us back. It could be fear of success, fear of the unknown etc. Yes I realise that’s strange thing to say, and you’re probably thinking “pfftt why would I fear success? That is absurd!”

    The simple fact is we fear the unknown and life is a journey of unknowns. Nothing is black and white and our brain cannot always deal with “winging it” or just going with the flow. Usually our brain likes a solid plan. Planning can be beneficial if you can stick to it. Be realistic with your goal setting/planning and do not overwhelm yourself with too many tasks

    A problem many of us face is we plan too much and overwhelm ourselves in the process.

    It is good to find some balance in all that you do, to prevent overwhelming yourself.

    I cannot tell you what will work for you and what will help you stay focused and complete certain tasks. Sometimes we may not have a choice and certain tasks are required for us to complete like cleaning your bedroom or duties at work etc. So you may not always enjoy what you are doing and those particular jobs need to be completed. In those situations it is probably easier to get it over and done with as soon as possible and not procrastinate. The more you procrastinate, the more you’ll hate the fact that you still have to complete it, as more than likely it will not disappear

    Remind yourself why it needs to be completed and what you are getting and will get from completing it. Even if it is something you “have” to do. This will make the task easier to complete and may not look as frightening.

    We all have those days where we want to throw our hands up in the air and scream. When you have these moments ask yourself;

    Will you regret giving up?

    What are you losing if you stop?

    What is the real reason you want to turn away?

    As I mention in an earlier article sometimes pain is a great motivator as usually we will do whatever it takes to stay away from it. Though sometimes it doesn’t work as well as might think.

    The best analogy I can come up with is a rubber band.

    If you are in point A (which is pain) and you try to move away from it you will only get so far before you fling back.  The reason for this is because pain is the motivator and that pain will only motivate you for so long. Once you a far enough away you may start to lose this motivation. Your mind then thinks in order to get re-motivated you need to go back to where the pain is and you’ll be constantly going around in circles. You may eventually hit your goal and complete these tasks; it may take a longer road to get there.

    So it may be a case of reframing what motivates you and see if you can transfer that pain into pleasure. Pain can be a great getting started motivator but I would not recommend it to keep yourself motivated once you have hit the ground running.

    Now obviously there is more to it than just motivation. For me personally in order for me to complete something I have to enjoy it and I have to be getting something out of it. Yes even if it gives me joy and that’s it I am still receiving something from it.

    What works for you?

    What helps you complete tasks?

    We have all completed things in our life (even if you are not aware of them) so look back and think about all the things you have completed;

    How did you feel during the process and once you had completed the task?

    What did it entail?

    What was the reason you completed this?

    Did you have any doubts?

    Were there any obstacles?

    Go through every success you have had and ask yourself the above questions and if possible take what you can from those events and implement what you can in all other areas where you want to complete something.

    Some of the strategies you used in the past may not be applicable to other events and my guess is whether or not you wanted to do that task you would have still received something out of it. It may be the simple pleasure of satisfaction.

    Pain is a powerful motivator and deep down we complete things as we know we will get something from it, even when it’s not clear. It may be getting our parents of our backs by cleaning our rooms as we can be in peace, for a little while anyway.

    So when you are ready to give up and turn-away, ask yourself is that really what you want?

    Remember two most powerful weapons are courage and persistence. Nothing can stop a person armed with both. It takes courage to persist when you are unsure of the outcome.

    Embrace your courage and complete the tasks you want to do and live the life you want