Last month, I was watching the national evening news and learned about this incredible story involving two collegiate runners at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. During the final stretch of the men’s steeplechase race, Oregon’s Tanguy Pepiot thought he had the race won. He started waving to the pro-Oregon crowd to get them fired up for his absolute certain win.
He never saw Washington’s Meron Simon charging from behind until it was too late. As Pepiot coasted the last 100 meters or so, and smiled for the cameras, Simon closed at a near sprint and won the race. Pepiot could do nothing but feel sudden shock and disappointment.
This race is a great reminder to all of us that finishing strong is what really matters. As we enter the final stretch of the 2014-2015 Ladies Auxiliary VFW program year, it is more important than ever to sprint through the finish line instead of limping to it.
Here are a few tips for closing out the year in top form:
Accept that it will not be easy. Attempting a “course correction” after falling short of expectations can be challenging and seemingly impossible. It is important to accept that it will not be easy. Embrace this reality, and remind yourself that nothing worth working for is ever really easy.
Encourage yourself. You cannot sit back and wait for another person to show up packed with encouragement and energy. All of us feel inspired when the sports coach gives his players a stirring pep talk in the final minutes of a close game. But that rarely happens in everyday life. Learn to motivate yourself in those life moments when willpower, courage and strength are needed.
Return to the basics. If you feel that you have fallen behind in your membership game plan, identify those areas of focus that were lost along the way and find ways to revive them. Affirmations and loads of positivity can help you in getting back on track. Remember the enthusiasm that you started the year with, and return to the basics – to recruit, retain and engage members in unwavering support for our veterans, active-duty military and their families.
There are less than 100 meters to go. In six weeks, it will be time to celebrate another year along with setting new goals and plans for the next one. Do not coast to the finish line; go ahead and take the opportunity to end the year the way it was intended - by finishing strong!