Finish What You Start Summary
Finish What You Start about practical tactics to grow your willpower, stop procrastination, focus like a laser, and achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Following through and finishing what you start- more valuable skills than you realize. They are a combination of traits that enables you to create the life you want – without having to compromise or wait. The alternative is a status quo that you’re stuck in.
Is your life a series of unfinished tasks and intentions? That stops now. Finish What You Start is a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done. It takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck and gives detailed, step-by-step solutions you can start using today. Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. Above all else, this is a guide to understanding your brain and instincts better for optimal results. Channel massive productivity and mental toughness.
Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years and is a bestselling author. He has worked with dozens of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. His writing draws on his academic, coaching, and research experience.
About the Author
Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. He possesses a BS in psychology and a graduate degree, and has worked with dozens of people from all walks of life.
He enjoys hiking with his family, drinking craft beers, and attempting to paint. He is based in Seattle, Washington.
Finish What You Start Introduction
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What exactly is finishing what you start and following through? You have may heard these phrases before, but what do they mean?
To me, they mean making your intentions reality. Too often, we’ll say we’ll do something, and we might even start it one lucky weekend. But at the first sign of hardship, fatigue, boredom, or busyness, we abandon it all too easily and it sits in our garage (mental, figurative, or literal) for the rest of eternity.
Finishing what you start and following through is breaking through that common loop and taking hold of your life.
My personal experience with finishing what I start has been checkered. One summer, I promised myself that I would carve a wooden canoe, about 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Not too big, but a sufficient challenge for someone with no woodworking experience. The first week, I made a considerable dent in my wood block. The second week, my hands were sore and the new Star Wars movie was out. The third week, I was too busy seeing Star Wars again and procrastinating. My wooden canoe wasn’t meant to be.
But every time I walked through my garage to my car, the canoe was a damning reminder of my laziness and inability to follow through. It wore on me until I committed myself to finishing it a couple of summers later. You can probably guess what happened. The first week went great, the second week was moderate, and the third week I was already running on fumes.
I was fortunate to learn about temptation bundling some time shortly thereafter, which provided the boost for me to finish my canoe. Briefly, as temptation bundling will be a major theme later in the book, temptation bundling is when you combine an obligatory (and undesirable) task with an instantaneous reward. When you can bribe yourself into working hard, suddenly finishing what you start isn’t a massive exercise in willpower—it’s the pursuit of something pleasurable, if only by association.
The reward I bundled the canoe carving with was listening to my favorite albums—something we rarely have time for these days. When’s the last time you listened to your favorite album from beginning to end without interruption?
Suddenly, a new world was opened to me; if I could make any unpleasant task just pleasant enough by pairing it with something I enjoyed, I could plow my way through just about anything. It was a small realization like this that led me to study the science of following through and executing, despite the human brain’s instinctual resistance to doing so. How can we circumvent our worst instincts and get things done when we want, without the specter of a deadline over our heads? How can we pay attention to our attention and do that what is most difficult—live with supreme discomfort?
I’d like to think I’ve come up with great systems for myself that can be widely applied for just about any context. There are many tactics in this book—I don’t use all of them all of the time, but most of them will work for most people. As usual, I wrote this book for myself and am glad and proud to be able to share my findings. I hope they are helpful and help you accomplish exactly what you want. At least, I hope they force you to listen to your favorite albums from time to time—a win in itself!
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|Posted on||March 18, 2018|
|Page Count||206 pages|
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Finish What You Start about practical tactics to grow your willpower, stop procrastination, focus like a laser, and achieve whatever you set your mind to.Following through and finishing what you start- more valuable skills than you realize. They are a combination of traits that enables you to create the life you want - without having to compromise or wait. The alternative is a status quo that you’re stuck in.
Author: Peter Hollins