In football, games are won and lost in the fourth quarter. In life, the fourth quarter includes several key holidays and a host of excuses to keep people from winning the year. If this year has been a good one, use the momentum to finish strong. If 2011 has not been all you hoped for, make a push to end on a high note. It’s easy to say, “I’ll start on my diet after Thanksgiving” or “I’ll start budgeting my money after Christmas,” but winners give 100 percent effort 100 percent of the time–they don’t take plays off. Sure, New Year’s is a time to start over, but it’s better to hit the ground running rather than having to play catch up. Start strong in 2012, but use the fourth quarter of 2011 to set yourself up for a great year.
Good teams adjust to what’s happening in the first half of a game to come out with an approach that will work best. If you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to in the first half of the year, maybe you should think about making some changes to the things that weren’t working—and focus on the things that are. There is also something in football known as the two-minute drill where a team doesn’t huddle up but instead hurries to the line and runs off as many plays as possible. We could all use a similar sense of urgency to win the fourth quarter of 2011. Instead of thinking and planning (and procrastinating) let’s just go out there and make something happen by acting and reacting to what’s right in front of us.