The Home-Stretch- Making it Across the Finish-line

Are You Approaching the Home Stretch of a Dream or Goal?

Is the finish line in sight, BUT this last home stretch is more than you expected. Exhausted and overwhelmed…you fear you cannot make it to the end.  What do you do? First, let’s explore the four phases to the finish line, then discuss tips on making it across the finish line.

The Journey of Accomplishing Your Dreams and Goals is like a 400 Meter Race 

It takes a lot of courage to get started, but you refuse to let fear rule so you are off. Then a rhythm is established. Soon after challenges arise, but you’ve come too far to go back so you charge forward.  Nearing the finish line, you can see the prize…you’re on the home stretch and there is excitement and exhaustion. You face great challenges making it to the end.  Let’s dig a little deeper into each phase and then, discuss how to make it across the finish line.

Getting Started: The first 100 Meters

At the starting line there is excitement, possibility, nervousness and fear all mixed together.  The goal is to reach the finish line and win the race.  In life, the goal is to accomplish your dream, defeat an addiction, or overcome a challenge. The announcer says, “On your mark…get set…go!  The gun goes off and you take off full of hope. The journey begins. The first 100 meters goes well…you feel strong, fast and ready for anything life throws your way.  You are fearless!

Settling-in: The Second 100 Meters

The second 100 meters, you settle in and your body adjusts to the speed.  Your breathing and heart are in sync and a rhythm is established.  Your dreams and goals are in motion and your making progress.  There’s still hard work ahead, but you are hopeful and optimistic. The back stretch of the track is the quietest…you can hear your feet hitting the ground and the wind whistling in your ears.

About to Turn the Corner:  The Third 100 Meters

By the third 100 meters and final turn, exhaustion is setting in.  You may begin to feel the pain of the race…the pain of pushing yourself beyond your limits…reaching for the stars, breaking that bad habit, or overcoming that challenge. But pressing on and fighting through the discomfort is the only choice.  So, you continue to push forward.  By now you have come too far to go back.

The Home Stretch:  The Final 100 Meters

Then, the last 100 meters…the home stretch…you can see the finish line.  Your body is beat, your muscles are burning and breathing is becoming harder.  You can hear people cheering, but you have no idea what anyone is saying.  It feels like you’re in your own world…this is the moment you trained for, and this is the moment that will determine what happens next.

Part of you wants to give up and the other part refuses…which part will succeed?

Your dream is about to come true!  All the hard work is going to pay off!  How do you make it to the finish line?

Making it Across the Finish Line 

The home stretch is where your training and character matter the most. Being prepared is crucial.  The strength of your mind and focus is critical.  What can you do to ensure you don’t give up on your dream, goal, kicking that bad habit, becoming a better person, getting that new job, losing the weight…?

  • Be stubbornly intent on finishing; don’t give up.
  • Have a personalized motto to repeat to yourself when times are tough.
  • Be prepared by training your mind and body; discipline yourself.
  • Be sure your dreams, goals and plans are under the will of God, and call upon Him for help.
  • Have a network of family, friends, coaches, and cheerleaders to support and encourage you along the way.
  • Cut out activities that may distract you from accomplishing your goals.  This is critical in the home stretch.  It is temporary…just so you can stay focused on the finish line.
  • Get rid of any negativity that may set itself up against you.  Sometime this means taking a break from people who bring you down.

Encouraged by Paul’s Example in Philippians

Don’t give up! I know you are tired and you have been tested beyond your ability. Even though the finish is in sight…it still seems faraway…as if you will never reach it.  BUT you will.  Press on.  We can learn from Paul who in the book of Philippians teaches us to not let anything distract us from knowing God.  It took all his energy to make Christ his goal. Paul compared this steadfastness to that of an athlete who let’s nothing distract him/her from the winning the prize including avoiding harmful things.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Is Anything Keeping You from Reaching Your Finish Line?

I would love to hear how you have conquered the home stretch of a goal, dream or challenge.  Or if you are stuck somewhere in the race, what are you going to do today to get moving towards the finish line?

Sincerely with Hugs,

JJ

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42 COMMENTS

  1. Katie | 26th Jan 18

    We are in a home stretch season right now and I find what you said to be so true. The final push can be so hard! Thanks for the encouragement.

    • JJ | 26th Jan 18

      Me too! I am in the home-stretch and WOW it is taking every ounce of energy!

  2. Candy | 28th Jan 18

    Made a game plan. Practiced the delivery. Kept putting one foot in front of the other.

    • JJ | 29th Jan 18

      Great advice! Thank you.

  3. Caroline | 29th Jan 18

    Good tips here to see one’s goals through to completion. Thanks for sharing!

    • JJ | 29th Jan 18

      Thank you! Good luck to you this year with your goals and dreams.

  4. tina grant | 29th Jan 18

    Great post, full of encouragement and a unique way of achieving our goals. Like the 400-meter race effect

    • JJ | 29th Jan 18

      I used to run the 400 and I know it very well. It just made a lost of sense to me. Thanks!!

  5. Brittany | 29th Jan 18

    Thanks for the tips! We’re in the middle of working on so many things right now, it truly is exhausting!

    • JJ | 29th Jan 18

      You can do it! Keep the finish line in sight.

  6. Rose | 29th Jan 18

    I love this. This was the best motivation and analogy. You do start with such enthusiasm, lose steam along the way, hopefully get that second wind and stay on track. If you make it to the finish line you win. It doesn’t matter if you made it first. All that matters is you made it.

    • JJ | 29th Jan 18

      I am so glad. I used to run the 400 so for me it was a perfect analogy of what I am pursing right now with my dreams.

  7. Elizabeth O | 29th Jan 18

    I really enjoyed this post. I like the idea of having a personal motto and now am trying to think of one that will suit me. I believe it never giving up, even if you stumble you carry on 🙂

    • JJ | 1st Feb 18

      Mottos are great and yes, stumbling is never a reason to give-up…you can carry on :).

  8. Miranda | 30th Jan 18

    Thanks for the encouragement today. Achieving our goals is like running a race. I can get discouraged in the middle as I’m more of a sprinter than a marathoner! I love the idea of creating my own motto to keep myself focused!

    • JJ | 1st Feb 18

      I totally understand sprinting! But learning to be steady is a great skill and in the middle is where a lot of character is built.

  9. Laura Aranda | 30th Jan 18

    Very encouraging

    • JJ | 1st Feb 18

      Thank you.

  10. Liz | 30th Jan 18

    Great post JJ! Sometimes it really helps to use a great analogy to put our goals into perspective. Thanks for the encouragement. My mantra (borrowed from Dori) Just keep swimming! 🙂

    • JJ | 1st Feb 18

      I like your mantra and Dori too! Movement forward is always good.

  11. Jessica Peresta | 31st Jan 18

    I love the analogy you used! This is such great and helpful advice.

    • JJ | 1st Feb 18

      Thank you! I am thankful that you like it :).

  12. Carly Markham | 1st Feb 18

    This is so true. I find it quite difficult to keep up with myself and make it to the finish line. It takes a lot of determination to finish what you start!

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Yes it sure does and soooo worth it!

  13. Kayleigh | 1st Feb 18

    I love the way you discuss goals like this! Really makes things seem more achievable and break it down. Brill post x

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Thank you! Yes, it does make it easier to see what phase you are in and to keep the momentum going.

  14. Melissa | 1st Feb 18

    Thank goodness my stubbornness can be used for good sometimes! 🙂 But truly, none of us can do it alone and we need the strength of God to help us achieve our dreams.

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Yes, God uses our stubbornness too!! But so true He is the one giving use courage and strength to continue across the line.

  15. Han | 1st Feb 18

    I feel like i’ve been in the home stretch for the past year or so! Its sometimes hard to keep going but the end is in sight!

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Depending on how big the dream or goal is the finish line can be longer…BUT the rewards are greater! Makes me think a college student in their last year…or a mom ready to give birth in the last month.

  16. Julie | 2nd Feb 18

    Such helpful advice! I tend to give up when it gets too tough, but with God on my side, I can push through!

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      God is certainly the power source to getting us through and to the finish line!

  17. Emily Leary | 2nd Feb 18

    Great advice for making your sure can and will push on to the end – and it always feels so good when you do!

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Yes I agree the internal reward of cross the finish line is feelings of being proud and excited!!

  18. Helen | 2nd Feb 18

    These are great tips to help people reach their goals. I’ve been very focused on blogging goals recently and this will be a great way to think of and to make sure I push myself through each 100m

    • JJ | 2nd Feb 18

      Yes, you can apply this to any goal or dream…even blogging :)!

  19. Joanna Bayford | 2nd Feb 18

    Great advice for achieving your goals! I definitely need to push myself more.

    • JJ | 5th Feb 18

      Thank you Joanna! You can do it…:)

  20. Katie Braswell | 5th Feb 18

    I love the word you used! Be STUBBORN about finishing! I tend to be this anyway. This is something I can think about when I start to become weary. <3

    • JJ | 5th Feb 18

      Yes, stubbornness comes easy to me too! LOL. Let’s use it to our advantage!

  21. Amanda | 5th Feb 18

    Getting past that final hurdle can be such a struggle. But it’s always worth it when you finally hit that goal! I have a few goals for my blog that I want to hit this year so I hope I can achieve them soon.

    • JJ | 8th Feb 18

      That is awesome!! You can do it :).

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