Great Starter – Lousy Finisher

The road to failure is paved with good intentions.

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”  — Dale Carnegie

Great finishers have common patterns:

1. Motivation is a key to finishing strong – it must be kept high until job is done.

2. Winners balance the tension between  current success and final work to meet the goal to help drive the motivation. When running a marathon – you are always pleased when you pass the half way point but remaining focused on the other more difficult 13.1 miles requires greater determination.

3. Finishers don’t celebration success too early – that is a common problem for lousy finishers. You get a sales lead in your division so you start thinking how great you are – only to see it crash in the next quarter because you don’t work as hard.

4. Great leaders don’t offer their troops too much praise during that early success – instead they keep them focused on the goal. They usually wait to celebrate BIG after the goal is reached. What gets rewarded – gets repeated – Are you rewarding half completions?

5. Finishers set the right example with work  habits to reach the target. They are prepared for possible set backs but they always find a way to work around them.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

It is time to finish strong – when you think there is no hope – you are getting close to the finish line.

Running to win….GTR

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