“There is but one cause of human failure, and that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.” William James
Do you finish what you start? In sports, often there is a question about who is a finisher and who is not. Who wants the ball at the end of a game? Who is willing to do what it takes to see things to the end? Who is committed to the long haul?
Whoever shows the willingness and wisdom to finish is the person who often has the ball at the end. Win or lose, they know within themselves that they have what it takes to be their best selves.
Those who do not shy away from such moments have a confidence and faith that they are ready for the moment no matter how difficult a situation may seem. It opens them to the possibility of overcoming what are seemingly long odds. In fact, the only way that they can experience the seemingly impossible is to continue on with their best regardless of the appearance.
This is a true sign of leadership. Only one who is willing to go through the times when things are challenging and their most bleak will experience the joy of completing what one starts. It is something that we see from some of the most notable leaders in our time. I think of those who did what many thought was impossible or too dangerous to do. Without such people, we would not have the wonderful liberties, technological innovations and quality of life that many of our forbears never could have imagined.
I have been reading the book Grit by Angela Duckworth which discusses the importance of grit to success and accomplishment. One of the points the book makes is that while talent is important, often what makes the difference in who reaches their full potential is not who is the most talented but who had the grit to see things through. Those with grit do not start an endeavor they are passionate about only to stop in midstream. Rather, they do not give up and persevere, compelled from within to move and act as guided. What unfolds may not be exactly what they imagined but it is what is perfect for them at the time.
This inner compulsion to see things through is our inner guide, our “true Self” that can only be heard when we are quiet and wise enough to trust it. That is what any finisher does, particularly when things are unclear or confusing in the moment.
Is there something that you have been avoiding that needs your attention and care to bring to completion? If so, is this your opportunity to be a finisher and complete what you started? You have what is required to finish what you start. If it were not so, you would not feel compelled to do it.