The Art of Finishing

It not how you start, it is how you finish – Anon

You feel battered, blistered, bruised, downcast spirit, feeble knees, drooping hands or wobbly legs? I have a got a word for you today. Hold on, don’t give up! At the beginning of the year like at the start of a race, on the blocks you were energetic, fired up and full of high hopes. It is a year of favour, open doors, breakthroughs, supernatural accomplishments, great exploits, change et c to different people. A year in which you really wanted to get your life to another level.

The course might have taken a toll on you – your finances might be in the negative, the marriage might be on the verge, that bad habit is now even stronger, you lost your job, the economy is now dead, you have backsliden, the business is broke, the politics has gone back to the dark ages. What do you do? Give up? No way, you have come a long way, too far to give up that way! In competitive sports, the last lap, mile, round or 18th hole (in golf) is the home stretch. This requires the greatest concentration and unyielding effort. If you have to faint, you would rather faint after crossing the line. The year is not over yet, and always remember, it is not over until YOU win.

Activating The Killer Instinct

Deep within each of us is a cold and deadly primal power known as the “killer instinct.” The killer instinct is a vicious combat mentality that surges to your consciousness and turns you into a fierce fighter who is free of fear, anger, and apprehension. If you want to survive the dynamics of life, you must cultivate and utilize this instinctive killer mentality. This instinct is the difference between those who finish and those who don’t. It’s needed for the thorough execution and accomplishment of tasks. It is a driver for peak performance and vigorous pursuit of personal goals. Without this instinct that opportunity will slip through your fingers, that dream will remain a dream, and you won’t be able to cross the finishing line.

Going for the jugular

The jugular is the vein that links the lower part of the body to the brain. If it is cut; this means certain and instant death. A Spanish matador (bull fighter) does not kill a bull softly, but draws his sword swiftly and cleanly and goes for the jugular. The bull fighter knows that if I don’t kill it, it will kill me. He is clinical and meticulous. It is that instinct which makes you successful in life. Going for the jugular, means clinical execution and full attainment of your goals. Barriers? Limits? Discouragement? Distractions? Detours? Take no prisoners, go for the jugular.

Learn Your Lessons

The year has 12 months for a reason, and there is a reason for every season you have gone through with your life this year. Your success hinges upon your ability to learn lessons from the seasons you have gone through. The omniscient Creator, in His wisdom has allowed the seasons in your life to get you closer to your destiny – I mean both the good and the bad! ‘Even the job that I lost’, you might ask? Yes. Just consider the trees of the forest. They certainly need all the seasons of the year for their perfection; the spring, summer, and autumn, for the development of their leaves and consequent formation of their juice, and of wood from this; and the winter for the hardening and solidifying the substance thus formed. The processes of the rising of the sap, of the formation of proper juices, of the unfolding of leaves, the opening of flowers, the fecundation of the fruit, the ripening of the seed, its proper deposition in order for the reproduction of a new plant; all these operations require a certain portion of time in the year. So it is with your life – the winter, autumn, summer and spring episodes you have experienced this year all have an ultimate purpose – that is to make you the best. Like in a marathon there are ups and downs, detours even, obstructions, but you press on because you know the goal is to cross the finishing line.

The Year is Crowned With Goodness

“Thy crownest the year with thy goodness, and thy paths drop fatness” – Psalm 65:11

My desire is that your year may be crowned with goodness, a bountiful harvest, great calm within your borders, uncommon favour, inexplicable joy and undying hope. Don’t give up on that country, vision, marriage, business, job, relationship. It is in the 11th hour when miracles and breakthroughs happen. Never give up or give in. Hold fast. There is goodness in the air.

May the last few weeks of the year, be your home stretch. Give it your best concentration and effort. Let me counsel you to also hold on to your dream, desire, word, vision for this year because the year is not over yet. Yes, a miracle can still happen in the last few weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds of the year. I am standing with you! Be encouraged to finish and to finish strong.

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