“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” ~ John Wooden
As we end 2013, here’s some trivia that may spark familiar experiences to many of you. Over 90 million Americans make New Year’s Resolutions but 70 million Americans break those commitments within the first week. That is right, the first week!
We all have seen our local gyms packed with the masses on the first week of January and few weeks later the place is back to normal with the regulars grinding it out every day. Many people have the tendency to revert back to their old behaviors and not finish.
Why do highly successful people seem to finish strong in everything they do? They make a commitment to change their life, stick to new things, and get new ventures off the ground and running. What do they have that makes this so easy for them?
Three critical qualities jump out to me when it comes to finishing strong. Focused on Action, Perseverance and Energy are not incredibly stylish qualities but are critical skills to finish strong. I challenge all of us to finish strong in the last few weeks of 2013. Finishing strong will allow us to end this year on a high note and with the positive momentum to make 2014 an incredible year. As Newton’s Law of Inertia states, “An object at rest stays at rest. An object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an external, unbalanced force.” Get in motion and stay in motion.
- Focused on Action – Successful people that finish strong don’t spend a great deal of time contemplating. They enjoy working hard and are not afraid to act with a minimal plan. Strong finishers have a solid self-confidence and focus on their strengths. The only way we will ever know what we can do is to ACT and FIND OUT!
- Perseverance – Strong finishers refuse to become discouraged even when defeated. They pursue everything with a drive and a need to finish. Finishers view failure as an outcome, not a final result. If you fail, learn from that outcome and do something different next time. Look for multiple ways to accomplish your goal.
- Energy – Finishers have great energy. They not only manage their time but more importantly, their energy. Finishers relentlessly push past their comfort zone. They understand their energy levels allow them to push and push. Exercise, eat clean and take regular renewal breaks.
Use these strategies to finish 2013 strong. Life is a series of sprints, not a marathon. View your life as a sprint and now is the time to sprint to the finish line.