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If you’re anything like Kam or I you’ve also got a long list of projects that you want to finish. Craft projects and business projects and home projects and the list goes on and on. For example, I have a memory keeping project that I’ve been working on and off for almost three years. There are a lot of reasons why it is still not done – not least of which is because it is far bigger than I expected (see number one below).
You probably have one or two or ten projects you’re in the middle of too. Plus all the pins you want to try. Plus all the ideas you have brainstormed for the future and not yet started.
Let me be honest with you. Tough love time.
You’re never going to finish that project and here’s why:
3 reasons you will never finish that project
You don’t know what you’re doing
You’re lost and you don’t know what that next step is. Maybe it’s a quilt that you’re struggling with the binding. Maybe it’s an ebook that you don’t know how to conclude. Maybe it’s a new career that you don’t yet have all the skills for.
Either way, you’re either hoping the answer will float into your brain through no effort on your part or you think that if enough time passes you’ll be able to figure it out.
Which means you’re never going to finish.
You don’t know your priorities
Is it more important that you finish reading that novel because the library due date is soon or more important that you finish that baby quilt for your cousin’s upcoming shower? Is it more important that you hang out with your neighbor or that you finish putting together the new free ebook for your subscribers? Neither answer is right or wrong; hang out with your friends all you want.
Just know that if that project is not made a priority you’re never going to finish it.
You are afraid of what will happen when you finish
Once you finish that novel you’ve been chipping away at for six years since college, then what? What if it is incredibly terrible and a train wreck and you have just wasted six years of your life? Or, even worse, what if it is genius literature and then you have another huge to do list of writing your query letter and sending it out to agents and risking rejection or even having to decide between more than one offer and then having to deal with being a famous author? I know, it’s rough.
Of course, if you never finish it you don’t have to worry about either outcome.
There are so many reasons why you are never going to finish that project. Or, you know, prove me wrong.
In the comments, I’d love to hear what project you’re working on and your next step to FINISH! (I know you can do it!)
At the daily blog Lemon and Raspberry, Amy T Schubert helps you tell your story, build your platform and find your GREAT WORK … and how those all combine to help you live your best creative life. Check out her free guide to jumpstart your creativity!