How to Finish What You Have Started

I hear it all the time – “I started but then I got fed up and quit.” 

Sound familiar?

It is all to common in our society. We are heavily populated with half-assers and those with a chronic case of I’lldoitlateritis. That is a verifiable medical condition by the way.

How we got into this situation is another question all together. One would tend think an overabundance of options and lack of commitment is at the root of the problem.

It is almost guaranteed there was less work related absences when their absolute survival depended on it. Whether you would eat or go to bed hungry on any night must of been a great deterrent against lethargy.

In our present day we have more freedom to do as we please. With this comes either one of two options – Taking on less responsibility or taking on more responsibility.

The choice is ours.

Each and every day we are gifted with the opportunity of life. The possibilities are endless but they must be grounded upon a solid foundation. Without this, we are left vulnerable to attack from all sorts of vices.

Distractions lie around every corner. They are an inevitable part of our world. How you choose to react to them is what will determine the outcome of your efforts.

We each need a number of tools to defend against distractions. Being fully equipped increases our likelihood of coming out virtually unscathed. This will allow us to finish what we have started.

 The Temptation to Not Finish What We Have Started Is Inevitable

They come in many forms and some will appeal to you more than others. With experience it will become clear which ones are the more dangerous of the lot.

Once these are identified over time the proper tools can be put in place to minimize their pull. It is important to realize the reason these obstacles are presenting themselves is because you are in a position for them to have an effect.

Those who tend towards having more addictive personalities should be wary of drugs such as alcohol. Some people can enjoy alcohol in moderation.  They have no problem enjoying a glass of wine and then going without another for two weeks.

For others it isn’t as easy.

Once they have one glass they want another one and another and so on. It is much more difficult to stop once this person gets started.

If they were trying to cut down on alcohol intake, a sensible recommendation would be to not have alcohol at all. It is not worth the risk for those lacking in the self-control department.

An effective method to ensure this is to keep alcohol out of the house. The reason being is they will be much more likely to consume it when within arms reach.

Creating an Environment Rife for Being Unproductive 

You may be living with energy sucking individuals.

In this situation anything positive will be met with an equally, if not more forceful negative reaction. If you begin home cooking healthy meals they may start increasing their delivery orders.

This kind of kitchen conflict can eventually culminate in an all or nothing outcome. Either you succumb to your old ways or turn onto a new path for good.

Of course, those with completely opposite diets can live together fine but it isn’t always easy.

It’s Not the End of the World If You Slip Up

One of the worst things you can do while dieting is to the have the “all or nothing mentality”.

If you indulge in a slice of pizza or two that’s fine. Don’t then give yourself the licence to eat the rest of the pizza with a side of chicken wings and Ben and Jerry’s.

Part of the journey is falling off the horse and getting back on again. Eventually you may realize the falling of the horse part isn’t too much fun. At this stage you will hopefully stop doing it as often.

Trying to get back on an agitated horse gets old fast.

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Focus on the Good Habits You Have Built

Whenever the option to break your good habits presents itself you must show show strength.

Think about what it will do to the structure you have created. If you have been going to the gym 3 days a week, the rest of your life should be in order to extract the most benefit from it. This includes sleep, nutrition and stress levels.

Staying up to 2 am watching cartoons is not helpful if you have a gym session first thing the following morning. Clearly this is hurting your chances of making real progress when you attempt to lift.

The possibility of breaking a PR or gaining any muscle is reduced. You will feel tired and groggy with little energy. Hopefully you are beginning to see how every action has a suitable reaction.

The best part is you have total control over this and nobody else. 

Remember Why You Started in the First Place

It seems simple but it’s something often forgotten when posed with trying to finish what you have started.

Thinking back to what was the initial reason for beginning is one of the best ways to do this. Doing so can quickly reignite the fire inside of you when done right.

It may be one or two years ago or even five, ten years since. You may be a completely different person to who you are now, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what drove you to make a change for the better.

This can be recaptured and used once again to push you to achieve more.

Maybe the reason no longer fits exactly with who you are. This is completely normal.

Over time we are meant to grow as individuals and we are constantly redefining who we are. It is still incredibly valuable to remember why you started however.

No matter what, there will be a inner core of inspiration which you can take and mold into something more suitable for your present day self. A lot can be taken from the past, this is just one example.


Make a Plan to Finish Everything

That’s right, what get’s measured gets managed.

Continuously track your progress and monitor your improvements. Focus on getting a little better every day.

This will ensure you are making strides towards finishing what you started. Keeping to a plan will help you to map out a finish date. Nobody likes a quitter. 

Not everything needs finished entirely. Good habits should be kept and taken with you. Setting a finish line in your mind can be a great way to keep you driven to making progress. Hopefully when you do finish you decide to take a short break and continue on.

Look at How Far You Have Come

I want you to turn your head around and witness the vast divide between you now vs you when you first began.

This divide represents every time you became frustrated but kept moving forward regardless.

It signifies every time you chose your newly formed positive habit over your old and destructive one.

The distance of this divide is a testament to your willpower and commitment to becoming a better version of yourself.

Now turn your head back around and look in front of you. The path is clear to continue progressing.

The divide can widen evermore to such a point where the person staring back at you will be almost unrecongnizable. This is the huge potential of consistency.

By committing to finish what you have started you have ensured you will never stray too far from your path.

It would be a shame to ruin all your hard work thus far. Like a savings account you should be seeking to continue building your assets sky-high.

Here is a great video by Ramit Sethi on the subject:

Thanks for reading,

Stay tuned


P.S Leave a comment down below to let me know what you think. What is one way you have found to help finish what you started?

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2018-01-14T05:31:45-07:00 By |Life|4 Comments


  1. Peter December 31, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

    You are exactly Matthew. What keeps me motivated is the image in my mind of what could be in the future. That’s what keeps me going.

  2. Matthew Owen December 31, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Getting the energy to start anything is always the hardest but once the first one is out of the way then I find its all plain sailing after that, I always need a bit of motivation then Im good. What is your motivation?

  3. Vin October 7, 2017 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Great post man. I needed the reminder to get back onto a few things that I haven’t yet finished.
    I think writing the plan and referring to it every morning and every night is the best way follow through.

    • Peter October 7, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Vin. We all need the reminder to get back on things now and again. I am just glad I can of service. That is a great tactic by the way!

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