Sunday, July 22, 2012


The English Dictionary defines the word Finish as to bring something to an end or to completion, as we all know “strong” on the other hand means exerting great bodily force; vigorously. You “Finish Strong” when you bring something to an end or to completion vigorously. Finishing Strong is more than a statement it is an attitude we all need in life, an attitude of believing you can do something and having the courage coached with determination to see it through. In my book “Monday Morning Motivation, Your Work Week Starter” I shared the story of John Stephen Akwari who went to represent Tanzania in the 1968 Olympics games which held in Mexico City. He took part in the marathon but unfortunately, he got injured during the race and had his legs bandaged. However, he crippled on the bloodied and bandaged leg in his attempt to finish the race. About two hours after his colleagues crossed the line and almost all the spectators had left the stadium, he was spotted crippling his way towards the finishing line and indeed, he finished the race. This singular decision to not just start but finish the Olympic marathon race exemplifies finishing strong good enough to attract the media to the ‘Tanzanian Olympics Ambassador.’ When asked why he decided to finish the race despite his injury, he answered “my country did not send me here to start a race
; Tanzania sent me to Mexico to finish this race” which I just did. Irvin Berlin asserts; “Life is 10percent what you make it and 90percent how you take it.” The dedication, decision and determination delivered by John Stephen Akwari aided his staying power and finish-ability which was strength. Succeeding today, this season and beyond requires starting which in itself is a function of a decision sparked by a desire. In the words of Napoleon Hill; “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” Go ahead and bring something started today to completion vigorously you undoubtedly will finish strong in time.