As we approach the end of the year, we tend to rush forward full speed ahead. With holiday madness and other tasks that need to be done by the end of the year, who has time to neatly tie a ribbon around the last 12 months and call it a wrap? However, finishing strong may be just the thing you need to do to create a strong start for the New Year.
What if bringing completion to what has past is as important, if not more so, than planning for the future? What if you knew that you are essentially sabotaging your future success by not stopping and taking stock of what you have accomplished this year and where you are at present?
In sports, there are many examples of where a strong finish is the difference between success and second best. For example, that last thrust forward of the wheel in a bike sprint to win by an inch or the running back who reaches out his hand with the ball to barely cross the goal line with seconds remaining on the clock.
How can you make the next few weeks a strong finish for your year? What can you do to bring completion to this chapter of your life? Completion is what allows you to leave the past in the past. Otherwise, it is like dragging a wagon of unfinished business along with you every day. Not only is it exhausting, but it also prevents you from achieving your dreams in the future. After all, you can't climb a mountain with a wagon in tow.
As a small business owner who has struggled to stay afloat during 2011, take a few minutes to reflect on the questions given below, as they will help you identify accomplishments and areas you might want to develop during 2012.
Remember that setting goals is one of the most important keys to achieving success both personally and professionally.
Adapted from "Finish Strong" by Resources Associates Corp.