Do you ever start a project with gusto, only to fizzle out soon after? Maybe you resolved to lose weight. Maybe you wanted to repaint the house or redesign your website.
Whenever you start something, you’re filled with interest and anticipation. You wonder how the project or event is going to progress. You think about how hard you’ll work on it. But then one day, life gets in the way and the project doesn’t seem as important as you thought.
When this happens, your cherished goal loses its glow. Plus, you now have some other things you need to work on. Gradually, the project you were all excited about gets put on the back burner. Before you know it, months have gone by and you never seem to have the time or energy to go back and finish it.
Would you like to change this recurring sequence of events? Imagine your feelings of pride and accomplishment as you begin to finish your projects – one after the other. But how can you turn things around to where you can consistently complete your projects?
Try these strategies to help you finish what you start:
Prioritize. Before you jump in and begin something, ask yourself whether it’s really important. One key to finishing what you start is to not begin something that has little relevance in your life.
* For example, buying that expensive Italian language package to learn to speak Italian might sound challenging and fun, but do you have a trip planned to Italy or some other Italian-speaking country within the next year? Maybe you’re headed to Mexico instead. How much good will speaking Italian do you there?
Ask yourself, “Is this the right time to start something new?” Any other big things going on in your life will take time away from new projects you hope to do.
* If it’s November and you want to start a massive project of cleaning out the closets in your home, recognize that the holidays are starting next month. Is this the right time? Can you get the closets done in a month? If not, no worries. You can always note in your calendar on January 1st to begin your closet cleaning then.
After determining that a project is important enough to start and it’s the right time, commit to it. When you make this type of commitment, write out exactly what you plan to do.
* Write down each step. Plan to finish all steps within a time frame that’s acceptable to you. Plan your project and then go forward with each step according to your plan.
Evaluate your energy level.
If you’re working and taking care of your family, everything else you do is extra. Are your energy reserves built up enough to take on another project and see it through to the end? You be the judge.
“If you set a high threshold on what you want to do, the completion rate is also higher,” writes Celestine Chua in a LifeHack.org article. “If you aren’t sure that this is something you really want to do, dip your feet into the pool first – try it out on a small scale and see if it’s what you’re interested in.”
Consider your end result.
If you finish the project, how will it affect your life? Will your everyday life be better? Will it be mostly unchanged? Will you feel a sense of pride and completion? Spend some time reflecting on the experience of finishing the project.
Be honest with yourself about all of the above considerations. The more realistic you are when making the decision to start something new, the more likely you are to finish the task.
Finishing what you start can be a real challenge, but being detailed in your planning will help. Be realistic about the project before beginning any new endeavor.
If you think proactively, you’ll be much more likely to finish projects once you decide to start them. And then, every project you begin will enhance your life rather than detract from it!
What are your best tips for staying on-task and finishing what you start? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.
“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” –Unknown
“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.” –Franklin P. Adams
“Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise of health.” -James Thomson
“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” –Ernest Hemingway
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” –Eubie Blake
“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” –Joey Adams
“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” -Julius Erving
“In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.” -Grete Waitz
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” -Plato
“Life is not living, but living in health.” –Martial
“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.” -Izaak Walton
“Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.” —Charles Caleb Colton
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” -Carol Welch
“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” –John F. Kennedy
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” —John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that’s why I keep coming back for more!” -Sasha Azevedo
“Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind.” –Sasha Azevedo
“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” –Ashleigh Brilliant
“Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.” –Fred Perry
“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” –Goethe
“The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.” –J. O. De La Mettrie
“The first wealth is health.” –Emerson
“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” –Ken Doherty
“The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.” –Andre Maurois
“There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted.” –Thomas de Quincey
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” –Edward Stanley
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” –La Rochefoucauld
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.” –Alexander von Humboldt
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson
“When the body is strong and the mind is weak, the result is insubordination. Train your mind as well as your body” -Unknown
~John F. Kennedy
A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw
A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies. ~William Wrigley Jr.
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. ~Jean Paul Richter
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. ~Les Brown
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidance; then success is sure. ~Mark Twain
Always bear in mind that you own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde
Be miserable. Or Motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to pt this plan into action.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. ~Napoleon Hill
Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. ~Thomas Jefferson
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. ~William E. Channing
Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. ~B. C. Forbes
Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. ~Lowell Thomas
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
Don’t mistake activity for achievement.
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.~ Jack Canfield
Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen
Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. ~Frances Moore Lappe
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~Booker T. Washington
Fear is the little darkroom where negatives are developed. ~Michael Pritchard
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell
Fear is what stops you… courage is what keeps you going. -Unknown
For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else. ~Sir Winston Churchill
Genius is born—not paid. ~Oscar Wilde
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas A. Edison
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.~Denis Waitley
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. ~Leon J. Suenes
He is foolish to blame the sea who is shipwrecked twice. ~Publilus Syrus
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.~ Albert Einstein
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~Gale Sayers
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. Chesterton
I will prepare and someday my chance will come. ~Abraham Lincoln
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson
I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. -George Burns
If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown
In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. ~Jane Smiley
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself. -Anonymous
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.~Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. ~Aristotle
It’s never too late to become what you might have been. -George Eliot
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. -Anonymous
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
Just do it.™ -Nike
Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills that you should avoid. ~Thomas Jefferson
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. -Oprah Winfrey
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison
Men are born to succeed, not fail. ~Henry David Thoreau
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. -Norman R. Augustine
Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. ~Charles Simmons
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. ~Edmund Burke
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~Thomas Jefferson
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. ~Charles De Gaulle
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~Henry Ford
One’s greatest success comes after his greatest disappointments. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved. ~Anne Sullivan
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. ~Andrew Carnegie
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~Peter Drucker
Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. ~David McCullough
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. ~Bulgarian Proverb
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown
Success is never wondering what if. ~Karrie Huffman
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Reggie Leach
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Sir Winston Churchill
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier
Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. ~Mike Ditka
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. ~John F. Kennedy
The best revenge is massive success.~Frank Sinatra
The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. ~Sir Winston Churchill
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. ~Mark Twain
The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline. -Steve Smith
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. ~Tommy Lasorda
The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race. -Unknown
The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep. ~Wilson Mizner
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~Steve Jobs
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. ~Robert Frost
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. ~General Douglas MacArthur
To freely bloom—that is my definition of success. ~Gerry Spence
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. ~Henry J. Kaiser
Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ~Sir Winston Churchill
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. ~Sir Winston Churchill
We will either find a way, or make one! ~Hannibal
Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what? ~Sydney J. Harris
You always pass failure on the way to success. ~Mickey Rooney
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack London
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. -Ruth E. Renkl
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it. -Maya Angelou
Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the month of September, I am eating Paleo (as much as I can stand) and running a minimum of 1 mile a day (I mean who doesn’t have time to run/jog a 9-14 minute mile once a day).
So far I have seen a 7 lb weight drop in 18 days which is remarkable for me.
What is the Paleo Diet Plan?
The Paleo diet is actually pretty straightforward in that you only eat the best quality of foods and mostly cutting out starches and sugars completely. You might have heard this referred to as the Caveman Diet.
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This diet was to be my next challenge! Off I went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to stock up on chicken, fish, fresh fruits and veggies, along with distilled bottled water. (I do not eat red meat or pork, haven’t in a long time. Also, why I only drink distilled water is another post.)
The Paleo Diet Plan, My Way
I had already decided that I was going to cheat a little with my sauces but I did make healthy decisions choosing these items.
Just because I wanted taste didn’t mean it had to come at the cost of being high calories or loaded with sugar.
I also grabbed some white rice and white potatoes. These are a grey area with Paleo some say it is okay to eat them others disagree.
I know I will want something to fill me up and I am afraid that just eating some vegetables and 5oz of meat each night will leave me starving. Rice and potatoes were on the top of my list.
The Paleo Diet Plan: Results and Lessons So Far
The first few days went okay. I think I ate too much fruit.
Reading suggested Paleo daily menus, 1/2 cup of fruit per day was mentioned. I may not have looked close enough or deeply enough through the billions of recipes but I saw this 1/2 cup fruit thing starting to trend.
So I cut back my fruit intake and quickly found out I was craving sweets. I am guessing that the fruit was giving me my sugar “fix” and after I stopped eating it (I went from 1-2 cups with each meal down to a couple pieces of fruit as a snack).
I caved and had a cinnamon roll about 3 days later visiting the mall. However, I am a firm believer that you are allowed to cheat every once in a while.
So the next day I was right back at my diet and rewarded with a 5lb weight loss the next time I stood on my scale. I was smiling from ear to ear!
The Paleo Diet Plan: Sample menu (my way!)
Breakfast: 2 eggs (anyway I want to eat them) and a handful of almonds
Lunch: Salad with 1 tbs dressing (of my choice) and some fresh veggies (grape tomatoes, carrots,…)
Dinner: Baked salmon on white rice with baked broccoli, peppers, carrots, mushrooms
The Paleo Diet Plan: Tips That Work for Me
I pretty much keep breakfast and lunch the same every day mixing up my greens and veggies at lunch and always choosing French style salad dressing dipping my fork in the dressing and then forking my salad (I am strange like that.
I get the taste of the dressing without the dressing calories.) Dinner is where I change things but I use the same types of protein; 5oz chicken breasts, salmon, halibut, tilapia, and shrimp.
So far going Paleo isn’t so bad. I am not sure what I will do next month. Any suggestions? What has worked for you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!
Ordinarily, if your alarm app tried to wake you up at 6 a.m. on a cold January morning to get you to go to the gym, you would probably think nothing of turning it off and going back to sleep. What if it was your personal trainer at the door ringing the bell, instead?
You would have no choice but to get up. A personal trainer visiting people at home could be the best way to stay with your fitness goals.
Even 10 years ago, believing that everyday people could afford a house call by a personal trainer would have been a stretch. The personal trainer business has changed now, though. To begin, there are more trainers looking for work now than there used to be. They have had to cut their prices to stay competitive. The troubled economy has something to do with it, too.
Personal trainers don’t have a bottomless supply of well-heeled clients anymore. They need to compromise and train ordinary people to get by.
Officially, house calls cost about $100 a session. Many clients, though, manage to easily work the price down to $75.
The economy is slow and it’s a buyer’s market. The smaller fees that house calling personal trainers charge isn’t as much of a sacrifice as it might appear, though. They do get to keep it all. If they offered their services at a gym, they would split their fees with the management.”
Like everything else, home personal training has both positives and negatives.
For clients receiving personal training at home, the experience can feel like telecommuting – you need to give up the lively environment of a fully equipped place for other benefits. When you call in a home personal trainer, you no longer get access to high-tech gym equipment, saunas or group exercise sessions.
People who love their home sessions, though, feel that it’s a fair trade-off. If a house-calling personal trainer can get them to stop making excuses, the arrangement can achieve more than the best high-tech gym.
For personal trainers in this business, visiting people at home is a step down. They need to carry heavy exercise equipment to people’s homes, make do with low-tech tools and help people work out in unglamorous environments – messy homes with pets and children running about.
People try all kinds of ways to make home personal training even more affordable.
Even $50 and $75 sessions can add up very quickly. Many people are able to afford home sessions because they don’t engage their trainers for long. People often consider in home personal training as a way to get fit for a wedding, an important party, an interview or the beach. They haggle, put a package deal together and pay for it in advance. You can get a weight loss plan together at $1200 for 25 sessions. Many people can afford this price level.
It’s possible to get this kind of training for half or quarter this sum, too. You just need to rope in a couple of friends with everyone chipping in to pay for the whole package.
One needs to consider the safety angle
Many home training businesses exist to help people find trainers. They have trouble, though, when male clients insist on being sent female trainers. Usually, such requests are turned down if the male client is home alone.