How many times have you started a new project and got distracted on the way to finishing? You may have prolonged the completion or you might have even made your mind up that you won’t even finish the project at all. You hit a wall and don’t want anything to do with it.
I have found that the most difficult aspect to a project for perfectionists is finishing. All of us want that perfect project if we are going to put our name on it. We go over it again and again until we exhaust ourselves and it still isn’t good enough.
But remember, completing a great project is always better than never finishing perfection.
People will never see the efforts you put in if you don’t send it.
Here are 3 things that you will face on the way to completion and some ways to overcome them:
1. Fear of other’s feedback and reactions.
The size of the fear depends on the size of the project that you are working on, but people will probably see it. The magnitude of the project determines on how many will critique it. If the project will just be seen by those close to you, then I hope that they will be honest and motivate you along the way. If your project is being seen by those that you don’t know, then that can be a little more difficult to filter. The key to negative feedback is that you don’t take it if it isn’t constructive, because obviously they aren’t there to help. When you realize that you did your absolute best with the time that you had, you have to let the negativity go. Cowards like to hurl insults when they are faceless. If you aren’t careful, the negativity will outweigh the positivity, even if there is only one negative comment.
Fight this with realizing that the people who matter are on your side. Fill yourself with positivity and know what to take and what not to take. You can’t control what other’s say, but you do control how and if you receive it.
2. Fear of completion and a few more things you will face along the way.
The fear of “What will I do next?” or “Will I ever be able to top what I did last time?” will get in the way if you let it. Don’t give into those voices. Once you get over point #1, YOU will know when the project is ready to send at the right time. Different times in life will produce different solutions because you will change. Through the process, keep the focus of finding your voice and sticking with it. We need your voice, not someone else’s. Don’t rush your voice, either. We will wait for a great product instead of a mediocre one. That doesn’t mean put it off forever, but your best, complete project is more important than stretching your timeline a little. If you need to push a deadline a few weeks ahead, feel free to do so. At least you are giving yourself a deadline. The key here is to push for greatness every single time until you finish.
Be energized by the fact that you need to finish so others can benefit from it.
3. Spent time.
We all know how busy times in life go. We go all in and then look up to realize that we are being stretched really thin. Your time is the most valuable thing that you have and your goal should be to see all areas of your life flourish, even when taking on big projects or going through busy points in life. But, how? Start with evaluating what is going on in your life and purging the unnecessary activities… Anything unnecessary. I have had to do this many times in life because there are seasons that I would get in that I felt like I could take on more things and then there would be a season where I would have to reevaluate what I was taking on. There seems to be a cycle to evaluating, but the key is to notice when the other things in life that are necessary aren’t getting the attention that they need..
Be sure to quickly evaluate where you are with your time before you hit the point of exhaustion.
What is something that you need to finish? You can leave your comment below.