I used to be a distance runner and later a coach for both track and cross country. In the longer distances, I passed along a mental strategy to help carry my team across the finish line.

Advice like no jackrabbit starts. Don’t go out too fast or you can’t maintain the pace and will fall back. Keep a steady pace on target with your goals. Push up the hills and use the downhills for recovery without slowing down. And at the three-quarters mark, put yourself into position for a strong finish. Start picking off the competition, close the distance, and pick up the pace. Get ready for the final kick.
What’s that got to do with me? We are three-quarters of the way through 2010 and it’s a good time to re-evaluate how far I’ve come and to put myself into position to finish the year strong.
For example, one of my goals at the beginning of the year was to pay down a debt of $6000. After about a month of extra hours at work, I began to think I might be able to pay it off by the end of the year. By steadily chipping away at the balance, I actually wrote the final check in August. So, now I’m putting that money into savings instead. A strong finish on the year.
Another example. After years of being behind on my scrapbooks and feeling guilty that my kids can’t see how they’ve grown or relive memories, I set a goal to get caught up (or at least within 6 months of current events). I started out with only an hour a week, whittling away at my list of events to document. Then I skipped a week. And then another. By summer, I had only added to the pile of pictures to process and had only started on 2008. This fall, I made a plan to attend a monthly “Craft and Crop” work day at our church. I marked my calendar and scheduled other things around it. After two times now, I’m almost halfway through 2009’s pictures and on pace to be into 2010’s pictures by the end of the year. (At this rate, I might even have time to work on other crafts instead of just scrapbooking in 2011!)
Exercise? I’ve joined a gym and now work out five days a week.
Writing? I finished the rough draft of the book I wanted to write this year and only have three chapters still to send on to my critique groups. I’m on pace to finish the rewrites by December.
We are three-fourths of the way through the year. How are you doing with your goals? What adjustments will you need to make in order to finish strong? Can you see the finish line or is it still hidden around the bend?
Three-Fourths Of the Way
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2 thoughts on “Three-Fourths Of the Way

  • October 4, 2010 at 5:04 am

    >I haven't been a goal setter, but I think I need to be. I'll never accomplish anything if I don't set out to do anything. Great post!

  • October 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    >Hi Candee –

    Congrats! You've made awesome progress.

    I set goals at the beginning of the year. One of them was editing and submitting my manuscript. I accomplished that goal. I tweaked my blog, started a second one, and started my third book.

    Susan :)

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