The Secret To Success: Finish What You Start – Part 1

by | Nov 12, 2019 | Leadership, Mindset, Personal Growth

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Finishing The Journey We Started

“Are we there yet?” Eight year old Hannah asked from the back seat. 

On a road trip, we were on our way to Grand Bay, New Brunswick to visit friends. Five kids in the back of the van and they were starting to get pretty restless. To distract the children, I asked them, “What are some manners that we expect around our dinner table when we visit our friends?”

One of them shouted out, “Don’t interrupt each other when we’re talking!” 

Another said, “Remember to say please and thank you.” 

And then little Jonothan piped up from the back seat, “And no burpin’ and fartin’ at the table!” 

Tired as we were, we all cracked up and laughed the rest of the way. 

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Breaking The Cycle Of Quitting And Starting Over

Anyone who has children know how hard it is for kids to wait to arrive at a destination. They find it hard to enjoy the journey and just want to arrive there NOW.

As adults, we can be just as impatient when we’re not seeing the results we want and it’s tempting to give up. When we do this too often, however, we can get caught in a cycle of quitting and starting over.

But you know what the problem with starting over again and again is?

I take ME with me wherever I go!

Jim Rohn said, “Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going.”

So a really important character lesson you need to learn in life is to finish what you start.

It’s a very simple (and unsexy) secret of success.

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Commitment Keeps You Going Until The End

Our local farm hires people every season for the harvest. For the last number of years, we’ve brought Mexican workers through the farm program to work on the farm. And we’re so grateful for their help because they want to work.

During harvest, they don’t ask “are we done yet?” Instead, they remain committed to working until the end of the harvest season. 

This is a sharp contrast to the people we used to hire through ads that we’d run in the local newspaper. Often, we’d be lucky if they decided to stick around for more than one day as many of them just wanted a paycheck after one day of work. 

Some of us are naturally better at starting things than finishing. We all have different talents and abilities. However, to achieve more success in every area of our lives, we need to learn to follow through.

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Finishing What You Start Is A Choice

Did you know that small businesses in Canada is actually a big business?

Just over 98% of all businesses have fewer than 100 employees and more than half have fewer than four employees. But as any entrepreneur knows, most startups don’t make it to their third year.

And unfortunately, only half of the new businesses that begin are able to survive into the fifth year.

There are many reasons why new business fail but one of the conclusions that I’m coming to as we enter the third year of our business is that some businesses don’t make it because the founder gives up too soon.

Often what I think happens is the founder becomes discouraged because it’s much harder and takes longer and more resources than they thought to build a successful business.

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Success Will Take Longer Than You Think – So Don’t Give Up

My daughter recently came back from a conference where she heard Rachel Hollis, author of the bestselling books Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing talk about her success. To some, Rachel Hollis looks like an overnight success but she’s actually been in the business for sixteen years. Before her bestselling book, she wrote a number of other books that most people don’t know about.

Imagine if Rachel would have given up after a few years?

She would never have achieved the level of success she’s now experiencing.

Regardless of whether you want to build a hugely successful business or you want to have a happier marriage or have a bigger impact in your community, you need to stay committed to your dream.

Keep showing up.

Finish what you start.

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