I was always one of those kids who loved the start of a new semester at school...the blank notebooks, the new pens and pencils, and, of course, the new clothes. These all promised a fresh beginning: last term is over and this semester will be better.
In adult life, that experience is (kind of) January.
As an adult I don't get a clean slate every few months. Even January is not purely a fresh start, since the emails and projects left incomplete on December 31st are still to be finished. In adult life, though, I get to experience the joy of November. What's that?
It is taking a deep breath, digging into reserves, and finishing strong.
I ran cross-country in college. (Don't be too impressed. It was a small school that needed 5 people to qualify as a team. We had 4 runners. The coach said, "Sheri, I know you like to run, though I know you aren't fast. The other runners can make up your time, I just need you to finish every race." I did. Once I even finished last...but I finished.)
Anyway, in training I learned how to finish strong.
I don't want give up on the race of this year, saying "Oh, I'll just do better next year." I love November because there are still two full months to make a huge impact on my life and goals. Plus, I can more easily envision two months than I can a whole year.
What about you? What can you do to finish this year strong? Perhaps...
- Revisit the dreams you had for this year. Which one still burns bright in your desire?
- What time can you carve out to focus on that goal in the next 8 weeks?
- Is there a project you began at the beginning of the year that you need to decide "keep or toss?" If your answer is "keep," then re-prioritize and make some progress.
- How are your health goals? In 8 weeks you can significantly increase your fitness level. Why wait until next year?
- How will you keep stress levels low during the upcoming holidays?
As I learned from my pastor years ago, how I finish one season is how I start the next.
To start next year strong, let's finish strong.