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Has anyone ever told you, "It's not how you's how you finish"?

This statement is not only true for a race, but it is also true when it comes to everyday life? I have come to realize that starting something is one thing, but finishing is something entirely different. Finishing is what really matters. It is what keeps you encouraged. It is what gives you something to look forward to. It is what keeps your creative engine going! To be honest, there hasn't been a lot of things that I have started in my life and didn't see through. Now don't get me wrong, there are still things that aren't finished, yet, but I can't recall anything that I set my mind to and then gave up. It's not in my genes. I purpose everyday to finish.

Finishing is all I can think about. You can say it is programed into my thinking. Finish. If something is looming over my head, like an unfinished project or assignment, I can't function properly until whatever it is is finished. There are so many things that I have spinning around in my head, daily. I dare not to acknowledge or even start on some of them until I have the time to dedicate to finishing them. Why? Because not finishing is out of the question.

So what am I saying? Well, there are things that you may have put on the back burner for whatever reason. Maybe you are afraid of rejection. Maybe it consumes too much of your time. Maybe you are afraid of what people might think. Maybe you are afraid of failing. Maybe the money isn't there. These are all things that have held me back at times, but the fire that burns inside of me will not allow me to hold back any longer.

It doesn't matter when you start. Just start. It doesn't matter how you start. Just get going. Try to work on your project (idea, book, degree, business plan) a little everyday. Even if you spend thirty minutes day-dreaming/imagining, just do it. Someone once said, "You can't have what you can't see." Imagining is important. Seeing the end from the beginning is a great motivator. Focus on the end result. Run your own race. Looking over at someone else can slow you down. Your pace may be slower, but your focus should be to finish.

So, don't get caught up in how long it will take. Just start. Day by day the time will dwindle away. Don't worry about what people will say. You will have those who support you and there will be those who won't. Don't be dismayed. Before you know it, you will be nearing that finish line. You will then turn around and say, "I finished." The journey will be complete, and the trials will only be a faint memory. After this accomplishment, there will be many more courses to navigate and many finish lines to cross. The difference maker will be your ability to endure to the end. And...FINISH!

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