Just Finish It

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281


Just Finish It

Key Points

  • Many ideas never get completed
  • Is it because I want it perfect?
  • Is it because I might find out that it's really not a good idea afterall?


I wish I would just finish all of the little projects that I get started. I get totally obsessed with something or an idea, spend countless hours researching it, working on it and getting about 95% complete and then for some reason I lose interest and it gets put on the back burner.

Usually there is some minor obstacle or unknown that gets in the way. I figure that I'll think about it and figure it out tomorrow. Then tomorrow becomes next week and then next month. Before you know it I forget about it and it never gets completed.

All of the great things that could have been but sit there waiting for me to complete them. It drives Lori crazy.

I don't know why I stop short on a lot of things. Is it laziness? Boredom? Maybe I enjoy the process more than the final result. I want to get it perfect. I want it done the right way, I rationlize to myself.

For example. I've been working on writing a book on real estate for the past two years. I keep getting close to being done but then I reread it and keep changing and adding to it. I guess I'm afraid of someone finding some mistakes or disagreeing with what I write.

Maybe I'm afraid of finding out that it's not going to be as successful as I imagine. My bubble might burst and all of my imaginary success will suddenly disappear.

So no more excuses and delays on things. The sooner I complete something the sooner I get move on to bigger and better things.

Having a long histrory of uncompleted projects slowly gets your spouse to lose confidence in you. So I think it's important to finish what you start to at least gain a little credibility.  You also don't get stuck with the feeling of what could have been if I had only pushed on a little longer and completed the project.

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


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faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Probably the single most issue that we all face on our ability to have  accomplishments: the hurdles slow us down, or stop us and we put it on the side.

Apr 23, 2018 05:21 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tim. I know the feeling but have managed to move in it. Good luck.

Apr 23, 2018 05:27 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Hi Tim: Sounds to me like you have the "Doing Life" syndrome--It is common among most hard working people who strive to leave a mark--to leave the world a better place than we found it. This syndrome is so common as a matter of fact that I bet you most people who will read this today will be in full agreement: There is no worse feeling that that of incompletion! That feeling is so overpowering that it keeps us all from completeing that which we start....we fear that if we complete something great it may just change the world and then what do we do??? Or we fear, as you put it so clearly, that we will see it as a complete failure. Well, as I have discovered, failure is part of the whole scene. Complete failure is the bottom and the bottom is where we find new beginnings! As a result of my discovery, I now complete as much as I can and if it is a failure, I move on to the next thing....."Something will stick", I think as I go about it. So if I may, I want to encourage you to proceed as you are; complete that which you can within a reasonable space of time and let the other stuff go. In my opinion, that is life and it is all good! By the way, forget what your spouse says and thinks about what you are working on---she is probably going through the exact same feelings and has no better idea than you do as to how change her behavior about completion. Just do your thing--that is your life!! Good luck....

Apr 23, 2018 06:34 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Well, I can't say that we don't all fit in that same category, Tim! It's a time issue for me and the more technical it is, the slower I am to get it done. It drives me nuts to have something looming over me so, I'm notorious for trying to figure it and and when I can't, I hire someone to do it! LOL

Apr 29, 2018 08:54 AM