There’s this friend of mine who seems destined to end each and every project of his with nothing but success. I once asked him to share his secret.
He said, “Before taking on any new project, I always complete the previous work undertaken. That ensures that I single-mindedly, and successfully, finish every project I take up!”
These words immediately reminded me of a verse by Chanakya: “Activity is that which brings about the accomplishment of works undertaken.” (6.2.2)
Very few people are good at completing the work they already have. Indeed, almost all of us keep on taking new projects, accept new orders and even pick up new books to read without asking ourselves, “Shouldn’t I first complete the existing one?”
No wonder we land up with various problems like stress, atrocious time-management, and a pathetic work-life balance. Why don’t we first complete the work we already have at hand?
Chanakya says that this happens because we are not ‘active’. We have to ‘act’ to complete all existing work. There’s simply no alternative to this.
And you only need a few steps:
If we really discipline ourselves by completing all unfinished tasks, we will grow in self-confidence and even yearn for bigger challenges.