I’ve always said, “Things unfinished are unfriendly to your success.”
Let’s face it. We all have some messes in our lives. Incomplete tasks, disorder, conflicts, unresolved issues and unfinished business distracts us, drains our energy, and causes us to lose focus and lowers our self-esteem.
Incompletions can include cluttered desks, relationships, finances, incomplete agreements and legal issues. Incompletions create what I call “yuck” in your life. They create feelings of overwhelm and sometimes even helplessness.
But every time you make a completion, you boost your confidence, increase concentration and expand your energy. Resolve to complete your incompletions and eliminate those things you’re tolerating.
We all have things in our life that, at best, don’t serve us. Many of these things actually detract from the quality and satisfaction of our lives.
What we’ve found to be helpful is to create a Tolerations List.
By simply listing the things we don’t want, we begin the process of their removal. I’m not advocating that we dwell on these things—only identify them and begin to eliminate them. I’m a firm believer in keeping our focus on what we want because we tend to find what we’re looking for. But we must also discern that which we don’t want as part of our experience.
Much time and energy is frittered away by small but annoying things: a dent in the car, a window in the house that doesn’t shut easily, a bent towel rack, a squeaky door, a button missing or a phone with an unpleasant ring. They may not sound like much, but added together they reduce our creativity, sap our productivity and detract from our enjoyment of everyday living.
There have been many, many times I have simply listed an incompletion or toleration, and without any apparent effort on my part, had it disappear from my life. Identifying and writing down our incompletions and tolerations is the genesis of their eradication. Beginning this process will take you almost half way to their accomplishment.
We’re paid to impact the world, not be impacted by it. People respect, admire, hire and acknowledge those who get things done. And if you want to have the energy to get more done, you’ll position yourself for greater accomplishment by slaying your incompletions and knocking off your tolerations.
Create some completions today. Target your tolerations. Feel the freedom. Enjoy the empowerment. And live in the luxury of feeling complete and satisfied for jobs well done.