Crossing the Finish Line – How to Complete What You Started

Achieving your goalsHow often do you complete what you started? It is challenging even for the best of us to stay motivated long enough to finish a goal. When I finished my University degree I remember how good it felt to receive that diploma. I stuck with something long enough to complete it and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that came with.

Many people will fail even before they begin something. It is as if they have already made up their minds about the outcome and figure they shouldn’t even bother. It is a common condition and I think it is because we always want to preserve our self esteem. If we don’t try, we won’t fail and therefore we won’t feel like a failure. But if we don’t try, we won’t put ourselves in a position to succeed either.

How do we cross the finish line and complete what we have started? I’ve outlined five steps below to help you stay the course long enough to achieve your goals:

1. Don’t let the past dictate your future. If you have made some mistakes in the past or have the tendency to not follow through with your plans, that’s okay. Let it rest in the past, just because it happened doesn’t mean it will happen again. Besides, you know more now than you did then and you are reading these guidelines!

2. Have a plan and stick to it. What is it that you want to create, achieve, or pursue? Write it out very clearly then outline a plan. How much time will you put into it? An hour a day, a week, or a month? Block off time in your calendar and do it, don’t let anything get in the way. Some days you will not feel like it and other days you will- just keep focused on your plan.

3. Expect emotions. Remember the high that you felt when you thought of this amazing idea, venture, or project? Well, it won’t last. Sorry to burst your bubble but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t an idea worth pursuing. It just means that the emotion of excitement will eventually pass. Don’t let that stop you, emotions will come and go. Sometimes you will feel excited and other times you will feel doubtful and even fearful of the process. If this is something that commonly throws you off track then # 4 is for you.

4. Get supported. A support system helps you navigate the ups and downs and keeps you on track. What does a support system look like? It could be friends, family, co-workers, a coach, or a counselor. It must be someone who knows your plan and will follow up with you and encourage you to continue through your challenges. Why do you think running groups are so successful?

5. Check in often. Check in, check in and check in. Your initial plan might need a little tweaking here and there. Don’t toss the baby out with the bath water. As you learn more and experience more you may realize that your initial goal wasn’t exactly what you wanted. That’s fine, in fact it’s great! This is what growth is all about. Set up a feedback system and see what is working and not working. Journal on it so you know what that is and then make a plan to accommodate it.

What have you been trying to achieve but keep struggling with?

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Written By Alycia Hall

I am a Wellness Life Coach at the YWCA in Vancouver. I decided to become a Coach after working with one in my twenties. I remember walking into my Coach’s office about 10 years ago feeling confused and overwhelmed. My health was not great, my career objectives were all over the place and I felt completely drained. But within minutes of our session I remember looking at him and thinking “I want what you’ve got”. I left that session feeling inspired, motivated and excited for the possibilities. It has now become my passion and profession to share that gift with everyone I work with. My laser sharp intuition and ability to create a safe space for powerful transformation blows my clients away – no joke. They are always impressed with how quickly and accurately we discover the root cause of their challenges. This skill is something I was born with and have perfected over time. Working with various teachers, professionals, mentors and guides has been my path to understanding and expressing my gifts. As a Life Coach I see all challenges as opportunities in disguise. My approach is very simple – it requires that you are open to see your outside world as a reflection of your inside one and are willing to look within. It’s all about responsibility - if you’ve got that than anything is possible! I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics and Psychology from the University of British Columbia and have received my Life Coach training from Veraxis in 2008. I was certified as an Energy Therapist of Psychosomatic Energetics in 2009.