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Face the fear of finishing

Face the fear and finish

Yes, it is a good idea to start a project. Face fear and type the first word, or prime the canvas and put paint on it.
Believe in yourself, start. Come one, you can do it! Believe in yourself and start.

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.

Have you started several projects? Did you start another one today? Starting a new project is exciting; the rush of adrenaline, the excitement of something new.

But what about the projects you didn’t finish? Are you afraid to fail? No sense finishing anything; just start a new one. That way you get the continual rush of excitement without having to face criticism or negative comments.

Today I say, FOCUS, and pick one project to finish.

Last Friday, my friend Kathy prayed for me to focus. Focus. One little word that seems to elude me.


I find it hard to focus when the sink is full of dishes, there is laundry on the sofa and the K-Nex Roller Coaster is all over the floor in front of the fireplace. Last week I moved the clutter out of my office area and put it in the living room so I didn’t have to see it when I was trying to write. “Rearranging chairs on the Titanic,” my friend Sabine says.

This morning I picked one project to finish. A book I had written over a year ago.
I ignored the dishes, laundry and the K-Nex, and worked on the book, The Artist’s Manifesto.  After several hours, I saved it, and sent it to my friend to edit. After I get the edits back,I will send it to a friend to write a forward, and then it will done. Finished.

Next month I may learn some new trick in Adobe Illustrator. And maybe next year I will find a new way to write more clearly. But, today, I did the best I could with what I know now. It is time to put the boat in the harbor, push the boat out to sea, and start making a new boat.

It is time to face the fear of finishing. It is time to battle  fear; turn fear into chopped liver and fry it up with onions.

What is in your closet? Do you have a project you didn’t finish? If you’re not going to finish it, get rid of it. Your old projects sit around laughing at you. “You can’t finish anything. You start, and you never finish. Just another example of your weak of character.”

Don’t let your unfinished projects taunt you. Shut them up by finishing them, stepping on them, or throwing them away.

You don’t have to finish everything. No you don’t. You get to decide if you finish painting the napkin rings yellow with red polka dots. I will never tell you which of your projects are worthwhile. You are the boss.

Just pick something and do it.
You may not finish it today, but work towards finishing it.

Face the fear of finishing. A project that is finished will be looked at’ someone may say something mean. Yes, they might. But, they may also say something nice.


You are not your book. You are not your napkin rings. You are not your burnt chicken dinner.

You made it. But you are not what you made.

Be brave and finish.

Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.
― Neil Gaiman

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Do you have a project you want to finish?
Please tell me in the comments. I would love to encourage you.

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Alison Alison

    A story about a man a boy and a donkey has always become clearer as I ripen with age. As the older man walks through a town he is howled down for not riding the donkey.In the next town he is howled down for making the boy walk,so they share and in the third they were both howled down for weighing too much for the animal. You cant please everyone.
    Thanks Pamela,now I will go and look at the buffet and choose a project! Throw caution to the wind and all that stuff.

  • Good post, Pamela. Right now I am having trouble just adjusting to the medication. If I could adjust I could get to things I was working on. I may have to make some adjustments. When you can’t think clearly it makes everything more difficult.