This weekend, my wife, father-in-law and I ran in a 10-mile race as part of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Miler Series. This was our third of three races preparing us for the mini-marathon, which takes place the first weekend in May. After the race was over, the three of us were talking as we walked back to our car to head home. The conversation turned to our performance in the race as Carissa and her dad expressed to me that they were most proud of their finish. They explained that they really picked up their pace and finished strong. Since our conversation on Saturday, I have been thinking a lot about how important it is to finish strong – not just in running or any sport, but also for us as educators and even for our students.
Spring Break is a week behind us and ISTEP is right around the corner (next week). Those two things always mean that the end of the school year is looming near. As we are heading into the home stretch, modeling positive behaviors, attitudes and actions is more important than ever. I often tell parents and students, “How you finish this year is usually a good indicator of how you will start the next. Finish strong, start strong. Finish unfocused, start unfocused.”
We are working with teenagers though, so they need our help, attention and support to accomplish a strong finish. The students need us to be our best, too.
“Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic.” ~ Robin Sharma
“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you’re doing it in the first place.” ~ Ralph Marston
Stopping at third adds no more to the score than striking out. It doesn’t matter how well you start if you fail to finish.” ~ Billy Sunday