Are you a closet quitter?

Shhhhhh! I won’t tell!

Here’s the scenario.

You get a great idea.

You start to work on it, but you don’t tell ANYONE about it. It’s your secret, and you don’t want to share what you are working on.

You are so inspired that you spend several days, or even weeks, working on it — inspired, energized and focused.

And then it happens.

You hit a wall, and that very cool idea or project that you thought was awesome last week goes on a shelf, hidden away, and no one ever knew you were working on it. And since no one ever knew you were working on it, it doesn’t really matter if you stop, right?

WRONG! You just became a closet quitter! #closetquitter

It’s so easy to stay committed to something when SOMEONE ELSE is expecting you to come through.

But if no one knows about it and you only have to commit to yourself, then it’s super easy to quit and pretend it doesn’t matter.

But this kind of “closet quitting” can actually be some of the most damaging to your self-esteem. FINISHING A PROJECT is one of the most satisfying things for an actor, artist or writer. But if you don’t tell anybody about it and you don’t have an accountability system in place, it’s almost impossible to finish.

Here are three surefire ways to NOT be a closet quitter:

1. Tell somebody about your venture. Whether you’re writing a screenplay, starting a business or committing to daily yoga practice, TELL SOMEONE ABOUT IT! Speaking it helps to make it real, and it feels much more fun to tell that person that you’ve stayed committed when they ask. #tellafriend

2. Set a realistic, but near deadline. Remember at the beginning of a semester when the teacher would tell you that you would have to turn in a final paper at the end of the semester? If you were like most students, you’d wait until a few days before the deadline to actually do the work. That is because a deadline creates pressure. But if the deadline is too far out (like a final paper), there’s no motivation to start working on it ahead of time. #deadlinepressure

3. Join my Wow Project Program 2019. Tired of NOT finishing your project? I’m taking on 8 creative projects in 2019. Maybe one of them will be yours! Learn more by APPLYING HERE. #WowProjectProgram

Leslie Becker is an award-winning Broadway actress, writer and creator of The Organized Actor® and is passionate about inspiring, entertaining and educating others.

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