Finish what you start…

“Done is better than perfect.”

Anonymous

When I picked the quote this morning I was reminded of something that I once read that an experienced pilot had said when asked about a bumpy landing. “As long as my takeoff and landing ratio is one to one then I consider it a successful flight.” The measure of success is DONE. Not started, not perfect, not “mostly done,” but DONE.

How do you define done? Do you have a clear definition of that in your mind when you start any initiative? If so, then what gets in your way of achieving it? Finish it…

Finish what you start…

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Anonymous

And the secret of staying ahead is to finish what you started…

How do you find the right balance between “try a lot of things and keep the ones that work,” and “don’t start something new until you have finished what is most important?”

This is a question that is rolling around in my head of late. Start the right things and finish them. See them all the way through, no matter what. Starting is easy, finishing strong is much harder.

Mistakes as investments…

“Mistakes increase your experience and experiences decrease your mistakes. If you learn from your mistakes then others learn from your success.” 

Anonymous

Perhaps we should view mistakes from a debits, credits and investments perspective. For example, you get a $1 for each mistake you make. But if you repeat the mistake you have to pay back $10. However, if you learn from the mistake and turn it into a win you get $20.

I wonder how we might manage our mistake debits/credit and investment account if we thought of mistakes in this way?

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