There’s something to be said about the emotion associated with crossing the finish line.
It’s a time where you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re elated to of achieved this objective; but, this is only one of many goals and it isn’t the “ultimate goal”.
In the game of life, it is improvement and new experiences to the grave, death is the finish line.
Let’s take a step back from that Macro picture and look at the micro.
Look at the many victories which occur throughout our lives. What is the best way to handle them? What is the most optimal way to ensure that as we win, we are able to turn these victories into fuel for future growth and an understanding which can be used to prevent complacency or “resting on your laurels”.
Similar to making your money make money, you’ve got to make your victories create victories. Always remember, Success Begets Success.
How To Make That Happen
Crossing the finish line should be immediately accompanied with reflection on your performance and how you could have done better.
If you get the job you applied and interviewed for, you should look back and think on how you could have negotiated a higher salary, worked in a perk such as company vehicle, more vacation hours, the ability to telework, etc.
- Keep the answers in mind or write them down for you to refer to when you do your next interview. You should never make the same mistake twice.
If you did well on your midterms/finals you should look at the grade and ask yourself which part did you struggle with; even if you aced the test, which part made you hesitate/take longer than the rest?
- Next tie ensure that you spend the little extra reviewing the area which you are not naturally strong in.
Received your varsity letter? Great. How do you make State, All Stars, or get the scholarship to help offset the rising price of college?
- Don’t just accept that you were selected from a group of athletes, find out how you can take it to the next level and get a leg up on the competition.
Real World Personal Example: I gave a speech which received a standing ovation and helped my fellow men at the 21 Convention.
My takeaway from the event?
I need to be more comfortable giving presentations in front of crowds.
All of these minor victories in life should lead to the greater development of self.
Each competition you enter (Job hunting, writing, a race, a fight, everything) even if won, should highlight an area which can be developed in your person.
It is only after this period of reflection and deep introspection that you should allow yourself to bask in the glow of victory.
Look at the Floyd McGregor fight.
I’m sure that before he threw his victory party with money and women galore, Floyd sat there and went through the entire fight in his head, thinking of where he went wrong and what he would do to prevent that from happening again.
The same goes for you.
There’s always something to be gained, make sure you’re taking the time to find out where you could improve before patting yourself on the back for how well you did.
Acta Non Verba,
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