I hear this in some form or another too often not to notice the impact of perpetual incompletion on creativity, healthful activities, or just the space to consider something new.
Over the years I’ve written about goals, timelines, and completion. I’ve written about the buzz and fulfillment in accomplishment. Major goals, micro goals, unexpected goals all throw you into the pursuit of accomplishment, and also can throw you into a state of perpetual incompletion.
Who am I without a goal is a question I haven’t answered yet.
I’m a classic example of perpetual incompletion. Plans to make, problems to solve, weight to lose, bills to pay, reports to issue, friends to see, family to visit, guidance to give, vacations to take, and time to notice what’s missing, and act on it, before it becomes a breakdown at work or at home.
How do you notice perpetual incompletion?
Listen for the sound of it in your conversations. Statements that sound like, “I’ll get to that tomorrow.” Or “Let’s just get through this situation,” as if at the end, there will be enough tomorrows, and there won’t be any more situations to deal with that demand your focus now, and push other goals aside.
I have a friend and colleague with a sick child, and his whole world is focused on her healing. Others take on his deadlines at work so he can focus where he’s needed. It eclipsed all his other goals, and reordered his priorities day to day.
And then the magic that I often find by just looking into a subject took hold.
The statement, “I can’t possibly get everything done” ignited an inner awareness to ask what matters most. And perpetual incompletion transformed into knowing I can get what matters most done!
It was then I made peace with perpetual incompletion.
My love goes with you as you work with this Uplifting Moment.