While I might not be the greatest example for someone who always finishes what he starts, I certainly am someone who has worked on this exact skill for the past few years. I can’t ever think of myself as an expert in this area but my success rate has significantly improved over the past few years.
And I owe it all to a priest and a former monk, Dandapani, who helped me understand how easy it is to build lasting habits by deliberately focusing on small, mundane, and even meaningless tasks for practice. So, I’ve been making my bed every morning, cleaning out the grounds of the coffee beans right after brewing my coffee, and having a very small number of tasks in my todo list not to get work done for work’s sake. But to instill the habit of finishing what I started. To see things through completion.
If that intrigues you, check out his TEDx talk on “Unwavering Focus.”
Here’s another short clip on Dandapani’s advice on self-discipline.
And if that gets you curious about how to build your will power and discipline, check out this conversation between Dandapani and Jim Kwik.
I hope you were able to finish what you started (especially the videos) with this post, were you?