The 2020/2021 school year is nearing its end and, regardless of how you started the year back in September, the last two months of school offer an exciting opportunity for you to finish on a high note. The “home stretch” of a school year comes with a choice – put it in “cruise control” and coast across the finish line, or keep grinding and build an unstoppable force of momentum that will carry you through the summer to the start of the next school year!
It’s Not for Everyone
“Finishing the drill” with a crescendo of positive momentum is not for everyone. As Mr. Blair notes, many start fast, but only few finish strong! There are countless times in history, some recent and some a bit older, in which the start of a big project, game, race, or competition starts off beautifully, only to be tarnished by a lackluster finish!
When Finishing the Drill Goes Wrong
I am a lifelong fan (somewhat fanatical) of the New York Football Giants. Back in 2003, I was a 23 year old, fresh out of college, whose Fall and Winter Sundays were dedicated to watching Giants Football. The result of each game often played a role in what my mood would be for the start of the next week. Here comes the “finish the drill story” – January 5th, 2003, New York Giants at the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants led 28-14 at halftime and 38-22 going into the 4th quarter – giving us diehards hope that their magical season would continue. There was a moment, I forget exactly when, when a player from the Giants pointed to the scoreboard in an effort to taunt players from the 49ers. It was at this exact moment when I knew that the Giants would not be finishing the drill that day. To recount what transpired in the 4th quarter will be too painful (haha); however, if you would like to take a look at how the Giants lost in heartbreaking fashion, take a look at this YouTube highlight video.
Building “The Mo”
My hope is that no one experiences a collapse comparable to what happened to my beloved Giants back in 2003. Check out our daily checklist (below) for a few tips and ideas to help you build the “mo” (momentum) and finish the drill to the best of your ability!
Finishing the Blog!
We hope you enjoyed our “finish the drill” checklist and that you are able to find positives and successes along your journey towards the end of the school year! The most important element of finishing the drill is remembering that you are NOT in it alone. Consistent communication with your trusted support network will lessen any feelings of isolation by keeping you connected to those who are in your corner rooting for your success!