Before I understood dedication and developing a habit for completing long and complex projects, momentum was often derailed. It was not uncommon for me to get distracted and suffer from chasing the next new idea instead of finishing.
The most distracting thought was thinking about other possibilities. It was the classic "grass is greener on the other side syndrome". I would persistently think that the projects others were completing were more exciting, fun, and could create more good than the arduous work that I was doing. What a mistake.
The first step was playing my own game. When you make the switch to playing your own game, miraculous events tend to happen. For starters, the noise goes away. It is impossible to do any good work with the noise.
The second amazing thing that happens, is that the anxiety of missing out is replaced with the energy that is needed to make sure that a project is completed.