Not just to get ‘er done, move on to what is next and take one more item off the bucket list.
That isn’t how or why you need to finish.
To finish is adding two more plates and hitting one more rep in the weight room. It is running through your scales one more time, after practice, in the orchestra room. Then, once again before you go, for good measure.
To finish is to seek tougher math homework, to solicit help when it out-toughs you, or tutor another so they better understand theirs.
To finish is dropping your time on the last dozen laps in the pool or the last mile on a training run. It is about gaining speed as you cross the line. It is about fighting for those extra inches on first as well as fourth down.
On the outside looking in, finishing will appear only as the added effort. The extra rep. More practice. New challenges. A faster time. One more inch.
But finishing is more about what happens on the inside, first.
So take stock of yourself.
Identify those things within that seem to grow in abundance with little effort.
Then examine the ones that have been planted but never take root.
Then be honest.
How would you go about gaining mastery over those that grow in abundance?
And how do you enhance the capacity for growth in those that struggle to take root?
For in one sense, we are all farmers.
We spend a lifetime occupying our own little piece of land.
What we make come out of the ground is largely our doing. While the methods, growing seasons and crops might change from farm to farm, we can all become expert at spreading manure.
So put away the fertilizer and roll up your sleeves.
Take an oath. Make a promise. To/with yourself.
That you will commit yourself to living up to all of your highest intentions through sustained and unrelenting actions.
Because only once you are able to personify your intentions through committed actions, will you be able to find that ability to finish.
In the end, it is all about finishing.
For that is what ultimately gets you to and through that extra rep, more practice and another challenge.
So from one farmer to another, I suggest you focus on growing these two crops as the staples on your farm:
– Mastering strengths
– Filling capacity
Then like any good farmer does:
Keep the faith during the droughts.
Rotate your crops.
Be thankful for a bumper crop.
And reap a harvest that is yours for the making.
Oh, and one last thing.
Go easy on the manure.