Finish Strong So You Can Start Strong

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As we approach the holiday season that signals the turning of yet another year, there is a great opportunity to reflect on goals set, progress made and then to accelerate to the end of December so that you not only finish strong in 2016 but that you begin strong in 2017!

This season is typically filled with additional distractions (seasonal decorations, sales, etc.) as well as commitments (parties, family gatherings, etc.) that pull us in different directions and pose barriers to maintaining the normal routines we established to drive towards accomplishing our 2016 goals. So, staying present and focused is challenging to be sure.

Frankly, there are few who maintain the resolve to “press harder on the peddle” in late November and December. Most choose to coast into the end and new beginning. Coasting has its costs, however, including the extra effort required to gain momentum to begin the new year.

So here are a few thoughts to help you muster up the strength required to finish strong so you can start strong:

  • First, anticipate the challenges of this season and make the extra effort to get to sleep 15-30 minutes earlier than normal each night so that you can wake up 15-30 minutes earlier to take on the added demands.
  • Second, buy some healthy snacks (nuts, raisins, protein bars) to carry with you each day in order to fuel your body for the extra effort.
  • Third, reach out to others to ask for or pay for additional help (many are looking to earn a few extra dollars during this time to help defray added expenses). Should your budget permit, ask a friend with time to do some shopping for you.
  • Fourth, when you take time to gather for the extra events of the season, set the cell phone aside and be fully present with colleagues, family and friends so that you recharge your batteries and nurture important relationships.
  • Finally, ask yourself, “What is the one thing that I can do to prepare for this season, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Answer the question, and then, just DO IT!

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