“Whatever you start, finish.”
That was the quote I heard from a son regarding the best bit of advice he’d received from his Dad as we celebrated his birthday.
It struck me. The plethora of unfinished tasks and projects I have lying around that I continue to abandon. I’ve wanted to quit this writing quest I’m on at the moment a number of times, but more so over the past week or so. My writing just hasn’t flowed, I’ve been treating it as an after thought in my day and rarely planned how I’d produce something of quality. But all along, as the voice in my head whispers for me to quit, something happens in my day that helps me stay the course.
And those words today were another example of urging me forward—keep going.
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Our life goes through ups and downs—there’s no denying it. But the key is (and I’m just learning this) to keep going and keep working toward the finish line of whatever it is you started and following through on our commitments.
Most of us give up our ambitions and quit just before breakthrough comes. It happens over and over and I’ve experienced it in my own life. As I look back I wonder where I’d be if I just persisted a little bit longer rather than giving up.
It’s this secret knowledge that speaks to me as I want to quit and feel like what I’m producing is crap and pointless. These doubtful moments are a required part of the process because I’m determining how much I want this and I’m clarifying what it is that I want.
But of course if I’d quit, I’d never know just what success would look like. And I’ve done that before, so choosing to hang in there is about righting the wrong habits that I’ve formed over a number of years and quitting experiences.
It’s why I’m still going, even when what I’m producing isn’t first class, at least I’m still in the game and I’m finishing what I started.
And that’s the most critical.