October is almost over. We’re in the 4th quarter of the year with less than 70 days remaining on the 2019-time clock. Some of you reading this blog are on track to achieving your goals. Congratulations to you! Others of you still have a long way to go. And perhaps a remnant of you haven’t revisited your goals since the January kick-off!
No worries…no matter where you fall in the lineup, you still have time to finish strong!
A strong finish to any task is more important than its beginning. A strong finish leaves a lasting impression on others. A strong finish denotes growth, progress and carries momentum into the next season. It builds confidence and perseverance in your character. And isn’t it gratifying to experience the successful completion of something that was important and meaningful to you from the start?
So, if you have fallen short or fumbled, tell yourself that it’s not over yet! Yes, distractions arise and throw you off course. And let’s just keep it real, life happens! We lose focus every now and then. But you have the power and the choice to get your head back in the game. You owe it to yourself to finish what you started, so suit up!
Here are some thoughts on how you might finish 2019 strong:
- Focus on your game. In other words, play your position. Keep your eyes focused on your purpose, your goals, your life assignment, your playbook. We lose focus when we compare ourselves to others and attempt to emulate their moves. But remember, the people who appear to be the fastest or strongest don’t always win. Those who are steady, who have a strategy and who commit to their game plan score touchdowns.
- Do a little bit each day. Small progress is better than no progress. Even if you inch your way towards your goal each day, eventually your inching will get there. Don’t put pressure on yourself to throw “Hail Mary” passes. There’s still enough time on the 2019 clock. If you make enough 1st downs, you’re still moving the ball down the field and will get to the end zone before you know it.
- Get on the scoreboard. Many people start out with a laundry list of goals at the beginning of the year and end up not achieving any of them when the year is over. If this is you, then choose one significant goal that you can focus on and see through for the remainder of 2019. Having achieved at least one important goal is far better than achieving none.
- Listen to the coach! You define who this is whether it’s a person you trust or the still small voice of God inside of you. Many of us get so deep in our heads that we become obstacles to our own success. Hear the wise counsel that brings you back on track and cheers for your success!
In football, before the play begins, the quarterback may yell, “Down…set…hut!” I encourage you to adopt this same practice for the remainder of 2019. Write it on a sticky and place it on your bathroom mirror. Get down to business, set yourself up for success and hut which means “pay attention” and execute!
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