What is it about the prospect of something new that excites us? We often start one project or venture in our lives and then soon thereafter we’re off to another, leaving the one before us unfinished.
Or is it just me? Ahem.
I had to take a hard look at myself recently. I had so many irons in the fire, I could pass for a professional blacksmith.
But seriously, I was doing way too much, at the same time, for some of the wrong reasons.
And I’m not talking about vanity or prestige, nothing like that.
I’m talking about for the sake of having something creative to do. I find that when one aspect of my life is not going as well as I hope, I compensate. And it usually looks like me starting a new project.
Did I just shrink myself?
I also realized that I tend to see some projects through and not others because I’m afraid of what the end result will be.
I’m still learning that it’s okay to fail. I’m not perfect.
I know – I know, please don’t tell anyone.
I have to learn how to give up the notion that everything I do has to be perfect.
But what I know for sure is that I can start again.
You can start again, too. If it’s something that you really want to do, genuinely accomplish, celebrate what you’ve done so far and pick up where you left off. Or better still give yourself a “tabula rasa” – a clean slate—and start new today.
And in starting new today, remember to enjoy the journey, the process of doing what you do is more important than the end result. Every brush stroke of repainting that kitchen, every step toward losing that weight, every draft of that unfinished chapter, or pulling those all nighters to get that degree, enjoy it. That’s when you are your authentic self.