I recently had a birthday and received a few great books as presents.  At around the same time, I went to Koorong, my favourite Christian bookstore for the first time in years and was like a kid in a candy store. 

As a consequence, I found myself with about 8 new books that I was very excited about reading. 

Which one do I start with? 

Why choose just one?

Of course, I got excited and started three different books at once, ploughing through them with vigour.  Then I looked at my bedside table and saw the unfinished books there.  My office is full of books with bookmarks halfway through them, because I started them but didn’t finish.

It reminded me of a simple principle.  It’s now how you start, but how you finish that matters.

In golfing terms, “Drive for show and putt for dough.”

If you’re like me, you probably have great ideas and start exciting new projects with enthusiasm, but the challenge is to deliver and execute these ideas, seeing them through to completion.

If you don’t, the list of unfinished ideas gets longer and you get a reputation as a great starter, but a terrible finisher.

If that sounds like you, you’re probably in the majority, so let’s find a way to finish off some great ideas.

Starting tomorrow, let’s aim not to start anything new (books, projects or celebrity diets, no matter how brilliant they seem at the time) until we can finish something else off.

That’s the hard part, pushing through when the exhilaration of a new idea has passed, but that’s also the part that will differentiate you from the rest of the pack.  That’s the part that will set up your career, intellect, fitness levels, parenting skills and faith, equipping you for the next level.

Initial ideas are great, finished projects are even better.

Henry David Thoreau puts it better than I can, “All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers.”

What do you need to finish?

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