Last night, when Gary was talking, he let slip one of the great Male Secrets.
REVEALED: Why don't some men ever finish projects?
Gary said, "I don't really want to finish putting together the TV system. Right now it's all strung across the living room and your room and I can imagine how great it's going to sound. But if I finish it, then I'll have to deal with how it really sounds, and it won't be as good as my imagination."
How do I get him past this? Gushing, "OOoooo, I can't wait to hear how great your new system will sound!" won't do it. That would be great to get him started on the project, but no good for finishing up.
Maybe, "I bet your new system sounds like crap!" Then he'd have to finish the project to defend it. Of course, that's negative reinforcement.
I am at a loss. Perhaps something in between the two extremes. "Out of curiosity, I'm starting to wonder what the new system sounds like. Is it really going to be better than what we have now?"
Okay, I just tried that. Failure. Does anyone have an answer for this?