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How to Finish Your Summer Projects

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Today’s cartoon is about goals, and what’s stopping you from getting them done. Many people have projects they plan to tackle during the lazy hazy days of summer, which most of us still call in our hearts, “summer vacation.” But they don’t usually get done! Could the big bad monster be…you?

Mind Tools has an interesting article about self-sabotage.

The tell-tale sign that you are sabotaging your self is when you grind to a halt when you’re trying to achieve your goals, for no rational reason. The skill, ability and desire are there: it’s just that something stops you moving forward.

There were a couple of points under Procrastination and Unfulfilled Dreams that I identified with. And I was surprised to see one suggestion, that I was concerned about in my early thirties: Worrying that if you’re successful, your friends won’t like you any more.

I was worried, at the time, if I made more money, would my friends stop liking me? Most of my friends said no, of course. But I clearly remember one good friend who said he would be fine if I made $40,000 a year, but would get jealous and not like me if I made $45,000!

He’s no longer a friend, for reasons unconnected to money. 🙂 And I can honestly say I don’t know anyone now who wouldn’t love it if I was rich and famous and could give them jobs, houses and a good life.

Remember, Labor Day’s just around the corner.

How to Finish Your Summer Projects

Donna Barstow

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