Do you ever feel a burning desire to start a new project?
I often do, and I use it to fuel the completion of current projects, one by one.
My experience is that new ideas are exciting--fresh, clever, perfect! I can't wait to get started on them.
But soon after starting, challenges arise--problems to solve. Maybe what I have is not as good as what I had dreamed up. It's taking forever. It's just plain hard. Then it sits.
Fortunately, I always have other ideas, and a burning desire to start on those.
Here's my trick: I tell myself that I can't start a new project until I've finished the current one. As if by magic, I begin to tackle problems, come up with solutions, and find extra energy to get it all done.
How do I make myself finish the old project before starting the new one? I have the discipline simply because this trick works like a charm.
The triumph of completing project after project and getting tons of things done makes me want to use this trick again and again.
Try it a few times. If it helps, you too might want to do it again!
• This motivation trick is more powerful for small, short projects than the last two: telling a friend or keeping a hope journal.
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