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Beating the Odds

The Choice to Finish

I’m back blogging after a grueling few days of putting the finishing touches on my book, “The Improvement Factor: How Winners Turn Practice into Success.”

The book finally got done because I’ve learned the same lesson that I preach in my Winner’s Workshops. You can’t try to do several projects at once. If you do, all of them will suffer. Instead you must finish one, then go on to the other. That way, you have a few finished projects, not a bunch of unfinished ones.

Winners always finish. In fact, they win because they finish. This wisdom goes back centuries.

“Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand,” said Euripides.

Not finishing really hurts. It leaves a nagging feeling of something undone. It drags you down. Finishing, on the other hand, gives you confidence.

In sports, you often see examples of teams that faltered at the end, managing to lose a game they should have won. That comes in part from practice, where you can choose whether to nail things down or falter at the end.

That’s right. Finishing is a choice you can make today. It all comes down to the entire story of success. It’s not a matter of whether you can. It’s a matter of whether you will.


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