It’s almost the end of 2021. I wanted to put up 10 blog posts throughout the year. As I’m going through piles of drafts sitting in my Google Drive, I now still have 9 to go…(Yep, embarrassing enough, I only published one thus far.)
Whenever I hit the keyboard, it feels like I’m getting closer to finishing everything when, in truth, I’m just dawdling.
If, like me, you’re guilty of doing everything necessary to launch a new project…but unable to turn it from near-finished to finished, that's because it's difficult to get past human nature that resists finishing necessary details.
When I write, I tend to do one more edit of the draft, make minute changes, and I end up thinking of stuff like “Is the blog post timely? “ or “How many people will like it?”
This is the moment of truth. I have to put it out there and see what happens. Everything else is just idol guesswork and stalling.
Decide on the topic and a subject line. Decide on the length.
Since I can’t make a perfect decision, I just have to do the best I can with what I have available.
Knowing that I have just completed something that is about to be seen on the internet …or not.. can be nerve-wracking.
I will get over it, though.
There’s a huge moment of relief when it’s finally out there. I proofread it one last time and hit “publish”… and that’s it for now. I can relax. If there are errors, I will find out soon enough.
As humans, we are not wired to naturally want to finish stuff. We enjoy starting things…but find excuses not to do the detailed stuff that gets the project up on its own feet.
So…step one is to begin something. And the final step, no matter where it comes, is finishing it.
I finished this draft in my pile today. Gotta get in the habit.