Finish Strong

It has no doubt been a very tough year for everyone. There’s been uncertainty around every corner. There have been obstacles in your path that you never thought possible. Many of you have lost family members and friends, saw relationships fall apart, or learned that your job was no longer available.

Regardless of how challenging 2020 has been, I want you to know that there’s hope for a better tomorrow.

Over the next 35 days or so, I encourage you to see how you can finish this year as strong as possible. If you spend more time working instead of investing in key relationships, perhaps now is the time to pivot to those who truly matter most to you.

If you’ve been working from home for the last several months but really haven’t connected with your family or friends, take the time to do it. On the other hand, if you have found joy and pleasure being with family during the pandemic, commit to continuing that through the holidays and into the new year.

If you’ve worked too much and you need to relax, take the time to renew yourself. If you haven’t read a book in a while, pick one up and read it this year.

If you haven’t really accomplished what you wanted in 2020, look for a way to move the needle before the year ends.

There’s no doubt that as we turn the calendar to 2021, many of us will be excited to see 2020 in the review mirror. I’m one of them. That said, we can act now so that when we turn the page, we will carry a couple of last few wins forward with us into 2021.



P.S. If you want to set yourself up for success in 2021, sign-up for and start the 5 Week Leadership Challenge today.

1 Comment

  1. Michael Leddin on November 28, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Every year I give the same speech to my team at work about the need the “Finish Strong”. We are a calendar year firm, and it is always important to achieve certain goals by year end. We work hard to have everything in place for a strong finish, but it that last stretch when we always need to focus and (hopefully) deliver. This year is no different in that regard. We have a lot to accomplish in the remaining 35 days, but hopefully we set the table properly. This has definitely been a different year, as we all face our personal COVID related battles. My challenge to myself for 2020 was to try to be a better me. Not always sure what that means, but I have focused on being more present, more positive, more engaged, etc. I have done a lot of reading this year, and have made a concerted effort to be connected to people even during this weird year of isolation. I have tried to be more patient and understanding of others as we all deal with things in different ways. Most importantly I have been thoughtful and reflective, which has lead me to a true appreciation of all the wonderful things I have in my life. As in any time of our lives, we also need to find time for laughter and fun. Humor and humility can lead us through a lot of challenging situations.

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