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Hold that finish!

“Behind every good _____, there’s a good ________,” they say. But I say, after every good stroke, there is a good follow through. After every good kick, after every good serve, after every good swing, after every good putt, after every good throw, there is a good follow through. It’s not an accident that a successful effort is followed by a smooth finish.

Of course, the reverse is also generally true: after a poor stroke, there is a poor follow through. Same with kick. Same with serve, swing, putt, and throw. An unsuccessful effort generally shows itself in its wayward finishing flourish, or lack of one.

How we finish says a great deal about our performance. Finish with ease and balance and we’ve likely been accurate and effective. Finish abruptly and off kilter and we’ve likely missed the mark. Stopping short usually spells failure.

On the surface, this seems odd. Shouldn’t our success depend on what happens when we impart the force, impact the projectile or strike the implement? I mean, how much effect can a follow through really have after I’ve already achieved launch?

The key to the great finish is the freedom to “swing for the fences.” The deep breath of release that allows you to unleash full force, to let ‘er rip and see where she lands. This freedom to swing out of your shoes is the object of every amateur’s dreams and the signature of every champion’s finish. For sure, it has been honed over thousands of hours of painstaking attention to alignment, preparation, timing and execution.

Show me a good finish and I’ll tell you who made the putt, threw the strike, split the fairway or cleared the fence nearly every time. We’re meant to complete what we’ve started. To follow a strong start with a strong finish.

Just like our Designer who assures us we can be confident of this, “that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Phil 1:6

Because the One who put us into motion has planned for our completion, we can swing for the fences without fear of striking out, we can pull full force without fear of falling, we can strike our shot without fear of missing.

Because the finish line ain’t moving. Neither is the fence, the hole, the base or the baseline. We’re meant to keep swinging, free and clear, trusting the outcome, come what may.

We’re not designed to come to a sudden stop. We’re meant to swing and follow through, kick and follow through, throw and follow through, serve and follow through. That’s how we learn to trust ourselves and our practice.

We should have planned this from the beginning. Fortunately, Someone did.

Failure isn’t fatal

It’s fortunate.

It tells us

we have reached the point

where we can no longer continue without change,

without a new approach,

a new learning.

We have reached the limit of

our current ability.

It gives us a measure

of where we are today, and

how far we’ve come.

It is a limit without limiting,

a boundary without bounding.

To the extent we can see beyond our point of failure,

it shows us what we can be,

what we might be,

if we commit ourselves to

being better,

by doing better,

because we know better is out there

calling to us.

It doesn’t taunt or tease.

It bows our head in defeat

showing us

the line

we stand on

is the starting line.

Starting at the Finish is Cheating

Pardon me, dear friends of the Kinesthetic Christian. I have been traveling with my family and then came home to a whirlwind of preparation for a call scheduled with a book publisher. He is interested.

I fear I must shift my time a bit from the regular KC posting. This is hard because I love it here, among the sound bytes and digital images. But the decision is made. I will dive into this one very big project and, potentially, the 2 month sprint ahead to give my book a chance to succeed and my business, Fit2Finish, a huge boost.

She answered!

She answered!

Then I see this in the Parade Magazine this morning. Marilyn vos Savant has published the question I sent in eons ago. My question, why are mazes easier if you start at the finish? Her answer: because you have broken the one rule of mazes, start at start.

Life can only be lived in one direction. We don’t get the answers first. We get the questions, then we work our way to the answers. Just like books. If you read the last page first, you ruin it. Just like book projects, you have to start at the beginning and fill in the chapters.

But then the real work begins: convincing people to come along for the ride. My project? Making people Fit to Finish before the final whistle blows. We must all start at start. Starting at the finish is breaking the only rule.

I’m guilty of trying to make it easier by starting at the finish and working backwards. It’s easier that way! Marilyn vos Savant says that’s cheating.

God occupies that spot. God is finishing each of us by drawing us toward Himself. All He requires? Full effort. I’m willing; He’s able. Here goes!!

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