How to Finish the Year Strong
Your nine-point plan for crushing your goals, closing gaps and winning big!
“What kind of competitor sees the finish line and slows down…always finish strong!” — Gary Ryan Blair
There’s no way around it…you are going to finish the year, so why not finish strong!
The bigger question might be…what’s the best plan and strategy for getting the job done right?
If you think about it, the things you need to be doing in these final 100 days are the EXACT SAME THINGS you should have been doing all year long. The main difference now is that time is no longer an ally…it’s an adversary.
What follows is your game plan, nine strategies for Finishing the Year Strong!
STRATEGY #1 GET SERIOUS
With a finite period of time breathing down your neck, you have no choice but to get serious, set crystal clear goals, raise the bar, step up your game and embrace a take-no-prisoners attitude.
One thing about successful people is that at some point in their life…each one has looked in the mirror and decided that once and for all they were finally done playing games, they were done settling for table scraps…and they were done living far below their potential.
The moment you decide to get serious is the moment everything changes in your life to include the direction and trajectory of your life.
Commitment always precedes action which means, you will make rapid advances towards your goals ONLY after you decide to get serious about getting results and doing everything in your power to finish the year strong.
STRATEGY #2 START SAYING NO
“No” is the most powerful word in your vocabulary as it’s the easiest word for setting a limit, holding firm to boundaries, and being clear about what you will or will not do during these last 100 days of the year.
Your success in finishing the year strong requires a short “Yes” list, and a long “No” list.
The key is a heightened awareness and prioritization of your “Yes” list, and firm boundaries around your “No” list as QUICKLY as possible.
Saying “No” is the most strategic decision you can make because it simplifies your life, prioritizes your activities and accelerates your effectiveness — guaranteeing a strong finish to the year.
STRATEGY #3 ACT BOLDLY
In a 100 day sprint, there’s no time for indecision, doubt, excuses, blaming or procrastination. You cannot allow any of these self-destructive behavioral traits to be present.
When will your finest hour come, and how will it arrive?
Do you really think it will materialize without an act of supreme confidence, audacity, or boldness?
Now is the time for some big-time moxie as every act of boldness accelerates the pace with which you drive results.
STRATEGY #4 SET CHALLENGING DEADLINES
It’s non-negotiable; you will always work best under a self-determined or externally fixed deadline for achieving your goals.
Be deliberate and enforce deadlines and accountability into each action and you will immediately begin to fast track your year-end results and rewards.
You will achieve true greatness and finish the year strong only after you develop a sense of urgency about what you are doing — urgency to the extent that getting results and achieving your goals is a matter of life or death.
STRATEGY #5 CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY
To achieve your goals and to finish the year strong, you need a flame under your behind which ignites a performance explosion.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to fast track your goals and Finish Strong is to plunge ahead without establishing a high enough sense of urgency in yourself and the situation.
There is NO escaping the reality that only 100 days remain in the year and without a sense of urgency, desire alone quickly loses its value.
Creating a sense of urgency is one of the true hallmarks of personal and professional leadership as well as the key trigger for Finishing Strong.
STRATEGY #6 SPEED THINGS UP
The old rules no longer apply. It’s not the big who eats the small; it’s the fast who eats the slow.
Speed is a massive competitive advantage that you must utilize with great authority…speed is a demonstration of commitment, competence and clarity of purpose…and speeding things up is the key to transformational results.
Let me be perfectly clear, you must begin to turn the pursuit of speed into your primary weapon for finishing the year strong.
STRATEGY #7 REFUSE TO DIE
Those with the character to do what it takes to finish the year strong tend not to allow the indignity of a poor year-to-date performance to keep them down.
A comeback accepts disaster and setbacks, laughs in its face, and crawls to his feet again. When you are down or below target other people will write you off.
Do not let them define you — maintain your dignity and refuse to die.
STRATEGY #8 BE RELENTLESS
By choosing to be relentless, you are demonstrating no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace, nor are you softening or yielding in determination.
Finishing the year strong necessitates that you fight on with undying, relentless determination.
The rewards for those who are unyielding in their pursuit of a strong finish far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.
STRATEGY #9 MAKE EVERYTHING COUNT
As you work towards the goal of finishing the year strong, you must understand that there will never be a day that will not require dedication, discipline, perseverance, accountability and the opportunity to execute relentlessly.
Sweat the small stuff as each day counts…and everything, regardless of size or intent, has bottom-line consequences which move you towards or away from your goals!
Regardless of your year-to-date results, you and I both know that no matter how good or bad your results have been, you can always do better — much better…and that’s why you’re going to love 100 Day Challenge!
The 100 Day Challenge is a high-performance beast of a challenge and the perfect solution for everyone who wants to finish the year strong…and that is the need for more, better and faster results in a highly competitive world.
September 22nd is going to be a big day for you. And if you’re like many others around the world…it’s a day that you’ll remember as the turning point that led you to finish the year strong.
That’s the day that we open up enrollment for the 100 Day Challenge and you’ll be able to join along with people from every corner of the world who are committed to finishing the year strong!
Gary Ryan Blair is creator of the 100 Day Challenge…a radical approach to goal achievement that shows people how to achieve 10X size goals by applying the methods and best practices of growth hacking.
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