The Follow Through
I've noticed recently, sometimes I'll start a project or chore and have trouble following through with the thing. For instance, I'll start a sketch and then flip to another page, then start a new one and never really go back to resolve that first one. I think it's a minor form of ADD, now that I'm taking time to analyze it.
Well, this mind-set got me thinking. How can I ensure the goals I set for myself - be it a sketch or an 100 page script, are finished soon after I decide to begin? The thought came through with a rounded plan of action - thank goodness the rational side of my brain likes resolution, and the conclusion is practice will make perfect.
So, I have decided I am going to practice little-by-little to stay focused on only a few projects at a time. I can shift from one to another, but shouldn't dare to start a new project until the first are complete. Most of the time this means doing my laundry, the dishes, or organizing my desk and bedroom. All of these will be pretty easy to complete once my mind is set. Finishing the scripts, paintings, and little sketches will be hard for me, but I accept the challenge. It's time to wake-up the worker bee in my brain!
Think about what hobbies or work you've let sit on the back burner. Maybe it's that miniature railroad configuration or maybe it's a goal to hit the gym three times a week. Whatever your ticking clock is, I encourage you to seize that spiraling little thought bubble and bring it to reality for a bit of progress.
Have faith in yourself to power through your hopes and dreams. Give your hands something tangible, your heart something to love, and your mind a creative challenge.
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
- Aldous Huxley