I’m blogging about how to become better at finishing what you start.
One of the lessons I’ve learned lately is that finishing is difficult because adversity increases throughout the project. I blogged yesterday that you need to overcome adversity to finish what you start.
And since yesterday’s blog post, I’ve been thinking about how to overcome adversity. I suggested that you need to figure out what adversity your project faces and then work at solving it and overcoming it.
But maybe there’s more. Maybe a real finisher doesn’t just overcome adversity but they accept it — they learn to love it; to embrace it; to revel in it.
At first you might read that and think “why would anyone want to love adversity?” and that was my first reaction too.
But then I think about…
- Diamonds. It’s just carbon but it has faced TONS of pressure to be turned into a precious stone.
- Muscles. Muscles grow when they’ve been pushed to their limit and shredded during a workout and then have to rebuild.
- Remarkable skills. Specifically how calm seas do not make skillful sailors.
I love to workout but it wasn’t always that way. When I first started working out, the brutal muscle burn was horrible. I hobbled around for days after each workout. Then I got fitter. And more importantly, I learned to love the burn I faced in my workout because I knew it was my muscles becoming stronger.
So can I learn to love other adversity in the same way? When I look at the list of projects I want to finish this year, I’ve identified 3 problems related to adversity…
- Clarity of purpose for the project (which isn’t necessarily adversity itself but allows adversity to side-track me).
- Time availability.
- Doing something I don’t like to do.
… so can I come to love the very things I don’t really love right now?
Can I love creating a purpose and sticking to it throughout a project? Can I love finding the time to work on projects even when I’m tired of it and want to do something else? Can I love doing a task that I haven’t previously enjoyed doing?
With my workout, I came to love the burn. Maybe I can do the same with my project adversity as well.