“Bridge” means to connect a gap between too things. So finishing only 9 feet of a 10 foot bridge means we still actually have zero feet of bridge!
Imagine someone started building a bicycle, and halfway through, decided to change course and start building a different bike. By the time they have gotten to the halfway point of the second bicycle, they have spent the equivalent of 1 full bike’s worth of time, energy, and materials; yet they still effectively have ZERO bikes!
Power Thought of the Day: Finish Something!
Have you ever met someone who has a string of almost finished ideas and projects laying in the wake of their past? Does that describe you? “Non-finishing” describes a lot of people in the world, which presents an amazing opportunity for anyone observing this fact: Just finishing gives you an amazing competitive advantage, and just a small advantage is all you likely need to jump start your goals to the next level.
Just start to develop a pattern of getting all the way to the finish line. Creating some kind of finished product, even if it isn’t the most perfect finished product there ever was, will set you apart. The halfway point is when people start to get tired and the initial excitement at the thought of their shiny new bike starts to wear off. Dreaming about an idea is much less work than finishing, so many people will seek out “the next thing” before “the current thing” is done. Chasing the euphoria of an idea is a much easier short term reward than putting real fruit of your labor out there to be judged. I know that some of my blog posts will not be as well received as my imagination predicted. My objective is to create so much value with the good ones that the rare miss is forgotten quickly!
Starting is easy, finishing is hard. Finishing means accepting the reality of our lack of greatness. An unfinished idea still has the capacity to be the best thing ever. When we dream about what a project could be our body chemistry gives us the same rush of feedback as if we had actually finished, because that part of our body doesn’t distinguish so well between past, present, and future. Actually finishing means accepting the reality of an idea, and moving forward with it, even when reality is not as beautiful and perfect as our imagination.
Finishing is the only way to move forward with power.