Finish strong. Have you ever heard that phrase before? Maybe you have heard that it’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters the most. Although each of us knows just how true that is, most people have a difficult time finishing the things that they start these days. Take dieting as an example. Do you know anyone who has made the quality decision to eat healthier foods that promote more energy, only to be back eating the same old stuff a couple of weeks later? I can tell you that I certainly have done that! Of course, there are many other examples. Each year, millions start with a “New Year’s Resolution” to quit smoking, workout more, or gossip less. Repeatedly, though, they fail to FINISH.
Quitters never win and winners never quit. That is an old quote that is most often attributed to the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. He certainly knew a thing or two about winning. In fact, he knew a lot about winning. Best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, his five league championships in the seven-year span from 1961 to 1967 is a display of winning that has still not been matched in professional football as of this writing. His famous line isn’t just some nice old quote, though. It actually holds one of life’s great truths and an invaluable key to living the overcoming life.
I would venture to say that each and every one of us has made a trade at one point or another in our lives. Most of the time, if you are going to make some sort of trade, it is pretty safe to say that the goal is to benefit from that trade. I’ll never forget a line in the Batman movie where Jack Nicholson, playing the Joker, was going through a pile of pictures and saw a one of a girl he wanted to date named Vicki Vale. When he learned she was dating the extremely wealthy and distinguished Bruce Wayne, he said “She doesn’t know it but she’s about to trade up.” For whatever reason, that line stuck with me through the years and often when faced with a trade to make of my own, I have reminded myself to TRADE UP.