finish your dang books

I read a book, full way through, for the first time in a long time. Or rather, I read a book full way through for me that wasn’t for school and was a nice juicy fantasy book. I keep trying to read non-fiction and while I love learning about real things, it’s just not the same. Well written fiction gets your interest piqued and envelopes you in a new world. Nonfiction can do something similar, but it throws you into reality, if an unfamiliar one.

There’s something to be said for completion. A fantasy book about mages and your typical spatiotemporal teleportation magic might not have a direct influence on what you know about the world, but it’s easier to get down than a thick pile of reports. But you get it down, and finish it, and that means something! Sure, we need to be able to complete reading thick piles of reports for work and other responsibilities. However, finishing anything helps confirm the idea that you can carry through with your goals. Many people start and start and start projects, while never finishing them. They run out of motivation and hit roadblocks and give up.

Why should we let ourselves be held back? We hold ourselves back with our fears. We pretend its something else, put up excuses. But in the end, we know it’s just that: an excuse. If we want to do something, we need to do it. That’s why it’s so important to practice self control. We need to practice completing things, even if its a silly fantasy book. If we do not hold ourselves to our small goals, how will we ever become who we want to be, and all the grandness those dreams come with? So keep your small goals and carry through. You can do more than you know.

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