Why do people quit when finish line is in sight?


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You can usually see this habit in others more easily in yourself, and it is one that is sadly common — the habit of pulling back just when you are nearly finished with a project.

Often the “pulling back” isn’t obvious for being that, because it might be something like a crisis in another area of your life takes your energy from the work at hand. Or you suddenly realize that you’ve neglected other important work so you put aside the current project to work on something else, telling yourself that since you are almost finished it will be a breeze to knock out that final bit of work “tomorrow” or later tonight.  And yet, when you look at the project weeks later, you still haven’t finished it.  Why not? What is it that makes sane and otherwise normal people sabotage their own accomplishments by coming to a screeching halt just short of the finish line?

If you were watching a horse race and a jockey suddenly reined in the fastest horse just a few feet away from winning, the crowd would go crazy, shouting to him to get his head examined. The incident would get a lot of press, and people would talk about it and try to figure out what happened and why.

In everyday life this “pulling up” and “holding back” happens all the time. If it’s a habit of yours, stop and ask yourself why you are deliberately creating stress and feelings of failure in yourself. It’s tied in with procrastination and fear of success. But the first step is to recognize that you do it.

your happiness guru,

Evelyn Brooks

Comments (4)

Jeanine Byers Hoag

January 30, 2011

And the next step is to heal it!

Jeanine

Jeanine Byers Hoag

January 30, 2011

And the next step is to heal it!

Jeanine

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