By Karin Leonard
too much on your plate, high expectations and never-ending deadlines,
you may barely have time to experience the satisfaction of completion.
Celebrations of success may be fleeting, and drowned out by
Time to pick your Apples
stages of creativity are similar to the cycles of nature, from the
seeding and incubating of an idea, to the growing and productivity
period, and finally culminating in the completion of the project.
Glossing over the “harvest” stage is like forgetting to taste
and enjoy the fruits that have been ripening in the garden all summer
and letting them rot on the trees – or giving it all away.
The conclusion of a
deadline or project means you have reached a goal you set for yourself.
That in itself can be much of the payoff for the time and effort
you have invested . Done,
finished, completed!… is the “period at the end of the sentence,”
and presents a fine opportunity to savor the sweet feeling of success.
By fully experiencing the culmination of your labor you contain and
build on the energy you have put out. Celebrating attainment creates a
profoundly positive anchor, and just like the tribal heroes, in whose
honor a prime feast was held, you will be much more likely to venture
out again – because you have experienced that the exertion is worth
as a Daily Habit
Completion comes in all
forms and sizes. With
endless to do lists you may be more likely to notice what you didn’t
get done, and gratification turns into frustration. Paradoxically, it is
exactly the experience of success that will motivate you to go on. Sure,
frustration, stress and anxiety can also function as a driving force,
but it’s a lot more fun to move towards what you want through
pleasure, rather than pain.
Begin by examining your daily
expectations of yourself: are they greater than what a team of top
performers could possibly achieve in a whole week?
Aiming slightly above what’s achievable for you is fine, if you
want to stretch a bit, but being too unrealistic puts unfair pressure on
you. At the end of the day, go over your accomplishments first.
Make sure you have a way to experience at least one completion a day –
if it is not the end of the project, maybe there is a milestone you can
highlight. Then you can examine the feedback and learning for the
the Fruits of this Year
As the year draws to a
close, the energy of completion is already naturally present.
Taking stock of what
happened this year, and comparing the results to the intentions and
goals you had, is a golden opportunity to bask in the glow of
achievements, and to learn from what didn’t go the way you wanted it
to. Reviewing the year, celebrate your accomplishments, and decide how
to feel complete about what is still in process.
Maybe there is an additional step you can take before the end of
the year to get that feeling of completion, or a new target date
could be set? Decide what,
if anything, needs to be taken off your plate entirely.
The goal is to receive the rewards for your labor, and to have a
clean start for the New Year.
Completion is also a state
of being. You can aim at
being complete, every moment of your life.
This means giving up all hope for a better past, and forgiving
others and yourself frequently. So
much vital energy can get tied up in regrets and grudges, times gone by
can hold you prisoner, and keep you from fully engaging in life right
now. It can be an
eye-opener to take stock of the “energy leaks” – the places where
you feel incomplete and stuck in what was, or could be.
The gift of the now becomes completely available when you step
fully into the current moment (that’s why they call it the present).
Releasing attachments to what you can’t change any longer opens
the door to create the future you want.