In the words of economist Thomas Sowell, “Doing 90 percent of what is required is one of the biggest wastes, because you have nothing to show for all your efforts.” Instead you must develop the habit of staying committed and finishing strong. Here are 5 tips on how to overcome procrastination and achieve the success that you deserve.
Success in Life: The Habit of Doing Just One More Thing
We make daily choices to either stretch or coast toward the finish lines we create for ourselves through personal goals. They’re often small decisions—routine things we don’t think about a lot—but they have the power to determine much of our success. In the words of economist Thomas Sowell, “Doing 90 percent of what is required is one of the biggest wastes, because you have nothing to show for all your efforts.” To achieve success in life, you must develop the habit of staying committed and finishing strong. Here are 5 tips on how to overcome procrastination and achieve the success that you deserve.
Brick by Brick: One step at a time.
I have very little patience. I tend to want instant, easy results. And, I hate conflict. How do I solve this dilemma? Success requires daily progress based upon good foundational habits. I practice what might be called “brick-by-brick thinking.” All success is built and sustained just like a building is built, on a good foundation, one brick at a time. Good habits, combined with small, incremental actions turn create tangible steps toward success.
Enlarge the reward.
When you don’t feel like doing what you should, then focus on why finishing is important. The why can keep you motivated even when you lack desire. Motivation is fickle. You can’t depend on your emotions to keep you committed to your goals as our emotions are deceptive. So envision your end result and keep it in the forefront of your mind. Dig deep and know your WHY. And, imagine what would it feel like to accomplish your goal?
Create systems around your goals.
Great intentions don’t get me very far. I need systems. As my mentor/pastor taught me (Doug Firebaugh), System is an acronym: Soaking Your Senses Thoroughly (with) Enlarging Messages. They make it easier to stay focused and disciplined. I have an insatiable hunger to learn, so I read every day. My life is filled with systems that move me forward and push me to reach my wall.
Surround yourself with support.
Over the years I have found that I am most successful when I tap into a network of people who support me and encourage me in my goals. If you want to succeed, then surround yourself with people who will help you, encourage you and, when necessary, hold your feet to the fire. Remember to choose wisely—your success largely depends on the company you keep.
Quitting isn’t an option.
A great start is important. Yep, all’s well that begins well. But it takes much more to reach your goals. When you make the choice to start, you’ve made the choice to finish. It isn’t two choices… It’s one. If you aren’t careful, quitting can become a habit. The good news is that finishing can also become a habit when you practice diligence in all that you do.
I tend to think of it like farming: You can prepare the land immaculately and plant the seeds just right, but if you don’t water, fertilize and cultivate as you go, then you wasted your time by planting the crop. Remember the reward that awaits you—the fruit you will harvest—and it will help get you through the times of hard work in the “summer.”