ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Hollins is a researcher of human psychology and behavior. He is one of America’s bestselling authors from Seattle, Washington. Hollins has authored several books on psychology and self-improvement. His well-known works include The Science of Self-Learning and The Science of Powerful Focus. Most of his books aim to help people improve their productivity.
Finish What You Start focuses on how we can complete a project after initiating it. The author puts forth his take on factors that may stop us from following through and reaching our goals. He also points at things that can lift our spirits during the process.
Hollins mentions the kind of mindset we should develop to avoid obstacles that keep us from getting where we want to. He mentions the effect of our surroundings and how we can channelize them to get into the flow. He sums it up by sharing his insights on some of the common roadblocks that hinder our progress.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT FINISH WHAT YOU START: THE ART OF FOLLOWING THROUGH, TAKING ACTION, EXECUTING, AND SELF-DISCIPLINE
One of the most astounding aspects of Finish What You Start is the summary at the end of each chapter. This helps the readers recall the information later without having to go through an entire chapter. The book also comes with some unique tips. Some readers might find them a bit quirky, but these suggestions are super useful and practical.
Finish What You Start is unique in the sense that it starts from the basics and goes over and beyond. The writing is succinct and covers every reason people come up with to not soldier on.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT FINISH WHAT YOU START: THE ART OF FOLLOWING THROUGH, TAKING ACTION, EXECUTING, AND SELF-DISCIPLINE
The examples given in the book are fictional. While they do get the job done and convey the author’s points, the book could have done with some science-backed instances and case studies. Some research work is referenced here and there, but that is all there is to it.
As the head is continuous with the spine, so is focus continuous with self-discipline. If you are focused on what you need to do, self-discipline will naturally follow. Likewise, if you are self-disciplined, it will be easier for you to focus on what needs to be done and avoid distractions.
Many of the goals worth aiming for in life call for not just a sprint but a marathon. If your heart is not fit enough to run the length of it, then you will find yourself stopping halfway through and giving up before you reach the finish line.
Overthinking can sneak in because we don’t have clarity on what matters, so when you can articulate those, suddenly you can see clear choices.
People who are new to the concepts of productivity and organization will find Finish What You Start extremely helpful. The author’s suggestions are straightforward and applicable to our daily lives. All in all, this is a practical guide that offers actionable steps to avoid procrastination and help achieve our goals.
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