There is a saying “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish”. This is true we are not defined by how we start something but how we finish it. But how we start can determine how and when we finish. It may be starting a new project for your job, reaching some weight or fitness goals, or maybe it’s finally getting started on that home project. If we never start, we don’t get to finish. If we start something half-heartedly it’s easy to not see it through to the finish and not put much effort into it. I am a big believer in that if you decide to do something, you should do it the best you possibly can!
If you start with the mindset of this is going to be great, I am going to invest myself and see this thing through to completion, then you start with a great amount of momentum. Example time let us say you set a deadline for yourself and see that as the finish line, and in the first couple weeks you may say “I have got plenty of time, I can start working on it later.” Then all of a sudden that deadline sneaks up, the end of a challenge is around the corner, and you haven’t really started. The pressure is on and something gets thrown together or we try and make up for missed time and take shortcuts, and practice unhealthy habits for mind and body trying to catch up. Now let us look at the flip side, we start the day we set that goal, day we got that assignment, or thought of a project. We start to get some momentum rolling, momentum is so much better than pressure with momentum all aspects of life start to roll with it. We don’t put other things on the back burner and stress. We get that momentum moving forward, pulling everything else with it. We protect ourselves from a time crunch at the end and we start to build great habits early! By starting early, we can see things that aren’t working and change them, we can adapt and change along the way. If we wait until the finish we miss out on these opportunities to make it better, to make ourselves better.
While it is all about the finish, we cannot skip the journey it takes to get there. The way we start determines the in-between. The momentum moving forward decides how far we go, so make that first step a big one and keep that pace till the end! Let’s stop saying tomorrow!