I have been tutored and have embraced many principles while on my journey in life, but one truth seems to stand out. It is far more difficult to finish something than to start it. This may be the premier reason for why we have so many great starters, but such lousy finishers.
One of the reasons for the high degree of difficulty to finish something is that during the early part after starting, the individual thinks that he or she will be able to maintain the great results of the offset throughout their working without giving that extra push. Whatever tenacity you use to start your project, it is going to take that amount and more to finish it.
The law of starting and finishing is an actual principle, which is no different from the law of sowing and reaping. They are both principles that govern the success of a person. The law of Starting and Finishing is simply that the closer you get to the finish line the more you have depleted your natural ability. Therefore, a person learns to pull from the innermost resources to gain the necessary strength to complete their task.
In the year 2000, I started with a newly constructed 42,000 square foot facility with only 26,000 square feet of it being finished. It seemed at times that we would never reach the completion of our facility, but I never stopped believing that it would be done, despite the challenges I endured for nine years.
Well, after nine years of pushing and rising construction cost, our facility is finally 100% completed. The level of difficulty that exists during your home stretch is why others never make it to the end. I had the resolve in me that regardless of how long it took, the principle is consummated at the finish line.
If a person can exercise perseverance, it will outlast their challenges. You are not penalized for the length of time it takes to complete your goal; you are penalized for not finishing it. It doesn’t matter when you finish, it matters that you finish.