Artists and entrepreneurs alike often launch self sabotage missions right before they cross the finish line of projects. They are afraid that if they do complete that thing, that work, that dream, something terrifying will happen-success.

Or worse yet, we won’t know what to do next. The idea we always talked about will actually exist and will be up for criticism and analysis. Maybe we’re not actually a real writer or a real photographer or real business owner after all. If we don’t finish, we can still hold onto the fantasy that we might be. For another week, another month, forever.

These are the things fear tells you near the finish line. So we pause. We count the cost of completion in anxious nights and early mornings.

Instead of launching our work, we launch our own missles at the bows of our own boats.

Beware the traps you set for yourself, especially if you’re near a finish line.