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Why it’s so important for trauma survivors to finish what they start

By Karen Robinson

Heal Thrive Dream 

This is the last post of the 31 day blog challenge from July. I’m finishing 21 days late. I have been determined to finish even late because I’m trying to change the story I tell myself. The story has been. . .I am great at starting projects but then I stop after I hit an obstacle. I have learned, there will ALWAYS be bumps in the road. In July, I had major dental work and then in August, most of my family had COVID. I could have thrown in the towel many times, but guess what? TODAY I AM FINISHING THE ULTIMATE BLOGGING CHALLENGE!!

Lessons learned

I learned I could get blogging posts done more quickly if I allow my team to help me. My amazing assistant, Gen made the graphics, edited, and took care any of the website related snags. I simply had to think, reflect, research, and write. Because I had less steps to focus on, I was able to quickly get a chunk of posts done. I enjoyed watching my progress. I enjoyed waiting to see what images Gen would select. I enjoyed reading the blog posts of the other members of the challenge.

Are you wandering what the hassles are? The hassles are not having a regular writing routine at this point in my business. I see more clients than the average therapist. There are a lack of therapists and I have financial goals. Thus, my work life is a win-win for both clients and I except building my own business is taking longer because of it. Even though finding time to write was a hassle, I still enjoyed it more than I expected.

Another hassle? SEO of course. In case you aren’t an online marketer, SEO is search engine optimization. I would take the time to explain it more here, but you really don’t want to learn SEO from me. If I knew it well enough to explain it to you, then I probably wouldn’t struggle so much with it. I am so darn resistance to writing for google search engines. I know I am just shooting myself in the foot because learning how to write to the google gods would help me get my blog posts and contents in the hands of more people who may benefit from what I have to share.

I plan to participate again in the next challenge. It is in October which is right around the corner! I am traveling a great deal in October and will do the best I can with managing time. Being kind to myself will help me be more successful with my writing goals then setting unreasonable expectations.

In life, we face many challenges. Some are larger than others, but each one is an opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes we face these challenges head-on, and sometimes we avoid them. Avoidance might seem like the easier option in the moment, but it usually leads to regret and a feeling of incompleteness. This is especially true for people who have experienced trauma. Survivors have more obstacles in their path including lack of trust in themselves, imposter syndrome, higher incidents of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, health problems, relationship issues, and decreased self worth.

Why I believe survivors benefit from finishing what they start

While finishing or overcoming challenges can be daunting, they can also be rewarding and provide a sense of accomplishment. By taking the time to plan and prepare for these challenges, you can increase your chances of success and enjoy the experience more. Reviewing our successes after a hard day or after feeling triggered can be soothing and improve our self-worth. Being a finisher helps when facing bumps. We can give ourselves more grace and self-compassion.

So, if you're feeling daring, why not finish up any outstanding projects or challenges today? If you would like my help for being a finisher or thriver in area of your life, consider a consultation session with me to see if we are a good fit.

Business owners, consider this challenge


If you own your business or if you would like too, I have the PERFECT 30 day Challenge for you! Kelly McCausey is a kick ass coach and every September she runs the “Stretch Yourself Challenge.” The focus of September 2022’s challenge is on content marketing. If you are reading this after the challenge is finished, please be in touch about 2023’s challenge. This year is my 3rd time participating and yes I’m going to FINISH the challenge! My first year, I was not a finisher. I was in over my head and missed some of the requirements. Now I know how to pace myself and have learned how to make the very most out of the challenge.

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Karen Robinson

  Karen Robinson  

About the Author

I'm Licensed therapist with 24 years of clinical experience. Service driven, specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety, and depression, holistic care, and transformation to create an impact for trauma survivors globally. Services include coaching, therapy, virtual courses, digital products, and on-line memberships.  Follow me: Karenrobinson360.com

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