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How to Actually Finish a Project Once You've Started It

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Why We Fail To Finish Projects

Why We Fail To Finish Projects

There are many reasons why we begin projects but never finish them, and many of them actually have nothing to do with laziness, a lack of dedication, or an inability to follow through on something.

A lot of us probably fall into another category: those who struggle with the middle parts of a task.

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Getting Started Is Not The Hardest Part

The first part is never the hardest part: the middle is way harder than the beginning.

We almost always talk about the start (of a project, a habit, a diet etc.) and ignore the finish. We have popular phrases like, “Well begun is half-done,” or “The hardest part of any journey is the first step,” but that’s not even a little true.

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Stop Thinking Of Goals As All-Or- Nothing

A lot of people set goals that are too big. And most people judge their goals as an all-or-nothing process.

So start by setting a realistic goal that you know how to reach. If and after you achieve it, nothing’s stopping you from taking it to the next level, with all the extra confidence boost that comes with completing something.

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