Is the Finish the Most Important Part?

One of the enjoyable parts of these Olympics, for me, has been the commercials.  They have been a great way to promote our athletes; but the messages they convey show that, with a lot of hard work, dedication and persistence you can do the impossible.  One commercial that really resonated with me is by Kelloggs, which features women swimmers.  It begins with the phrase, “Is the finish the most important part?”  and goes on to talk about the end result and, essentially, how that is the motivator.  But then, it shows the swimmers in reverse and ends with a little girl who is learning to swim, and the message becomes that the start is the most important (a good breakfast is the key to get going).

The more I thought about it, the more I believe that is really the key.  We can focus on the end result of what we want but if we are not prepared from the beginning we will go nowhere fast.  Just as having a good breakfast helps to give fuel to having the ability to be productive, to think clearly, and to have the stamina to keep going, the same principle applies to going after your goals, or the end result.  Taking the steps to ‘fuel up’ will give you the competitive advantage to navigate the often winding road these goals may take.  One of the most important steps in the six phases of action is preparation; this means that the more you lay out the exact outcomes and daily steps you will take the easier it will be to start and keep going till the end.   A good start sets the tone for the rest of the race.  So, is the finish the most important part for you or do you think its the start?


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