Finish Strong

Finish StrongThis time of year, many of us tend to put on the “cruise control” and kind of coast into the New Year. Please, don’t do that. The time we’re gifted with is so precious, and we owe it to ourselves to utilize every moment of it. I’d like to share my tips to help you to finish out the year in a way that positions you to “knock it out of the park” in the New Year, and experience the phenomenal life, love & success you desire (not to mention more confidence because you have a plan that works)!

Use lessons learned to propel you forward

It’s the year’s end, and for sure you’ve learned a lot about what worked well for you this year, as well as what did not. Sometimes our life lessons come wrapped in the guise of “failure” or “disappointment,” and we must brush off the dirt and find a way to move forward with our dignity and our faith intact. A wise women builds her home, while a foolish woman tears hers down with her OWN hands. And wisdom is earned as we learn from both our successes and perceived failures. Allow the wisdom acquired to propel you forward to fulfill the Vision that God has placed within you.


Begin with the end in mind

The first time I learned of this concept was when I read Steven Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Although we are at the end of the current year, we have a whole new year that is approaching, Gw. And, it’s full of possibilities for us to pursue; potential for us to realize. The question is, how do we make the most of it? That’s where this concept comes into play.

I encourage you to schedule an appointment with yourself, so you can take a few moments to determine where you want to be this time next year. (If you use The Phenomenal Lifestyle Design Planner, my 1st book, there’s a dedicated section just for this purpose. ) Whether you use the New Year, your birthday, the fiscal year or some other date as your set point for beginning and ending cycles, it’s important to make these assessments. 1) Knowing that there is indeed an end, 2) being clear on what you want to be, do and have when you get there, and 3) then starting down a path that will get you there is essential.

As you close out 2013, and bring in 2014 are your actions and internal dialog moving you closer toward that Vision? If not, that MUST change. Otherwise, one year from now your life (fitness, relationships, finances, etc.) will likely be exactly the same as it is today, or worse.


Remember your Vision, and allow it to be your “North Star”

If the lessons you’ve learned are the fuel for your success, your Vision serves as your destination. The scripture says, without a vision people will perish. God knows that we absolutely NEED to be moving toward something that’s better than where we are (even if we think where we are is pretty cool). If you’ve completed my recommendation from the previous section, then you have a Vision. Now is the time to allow it to inspire you to pursue purposeful action. Permit it to motivate you during “slow seasons,” and always submit it to God for His Blessing and Assistance.

If you know that you want to experience MORE and Better in 2014, I invite you to join me on Tuesday, December 17 for my FREE Webinar “3 Keys to Maximize 2014, Starting Now.” During this complimentary, content-rich training, I will address 3 of the top areas that cause phenomenal women to struggle, (money, love & health) and outline specific solutions that you can implement right away. Register now, while it’s on your mind, at

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Wende Sanders, MS, CC is a Reinvention Strategist, Award-Winning Speaker, Coach, Author and the owner of a premier personal & professional development company for women ready to up level themselves through reinvention. She's a Certified Life, Career and Relationship Coach that enjoys teaching and working with Clients to transform their lives for the better.

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