With all the talk about new starts and change, I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t address finishing. While it is true you can get a fresh start personally whenever you like, it is important to complete things for both your emotional and psychological well-being. Completion demonstrates to yourself that you have the persistence and determination to conquer difficulties and celebrate the victory of a job finished.
Finishing is hard. Starting is easy. That is the main reason people don’t tend to finish things. Everybody is excited at the start and races full tilt, vowing commitment and dedication to the project. Then the difficult realities hit. The work gets dull and tedious. The excitement and energy falls. The next new shiny object/project jumps up and steals the drive and commitment of those who never had the passion of the original starter of the project.
The apostle Paul talked about finishing the race, the story of the hare and the tortoise tells the story of getting good distracted by celebrating without completing the race, and their are a TON of YouTube videos showing people who stop too early and lose as a result. I had a PE teacher who used to teach us to run 10 yards past the finish line before starting our cool down walk. The reason is because as we slow down before completion we lose momentum.
So today, I just want to remind you, first, that after the initial excitement, the tedious Ness sets in and it is the level of your passion for the project that carries through. This is important to realize if you are the lead, because you drive and influence passion. This is also very important to remember as a team member, because your part in the end result is significant and your leader is counting on you. Second, when distracted by the next shiny object, definitely evaluate whether or not you should look into it and gauge your level of participation appropriately, but keep your priorities straight. Finally, run 10 yards past the finish line. Don’t stop when you hear