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It’s the 4th Quarter!

4th quarter scoreboardThis is it! December is here and it is the end of the 4th quarter for 2012. Remember those goals you set back in January? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

Well have no fear, there is still time to do great things! Did you know that on average 40% of the points scored in an NFL game come in the 4th quarter? That doesn’t make sense does it? If every player is a professional and giving a 100% effort from the start to the finish of a game, the breakdown should be 25% of the points in each of the four quarters.

But something happens in those final minutes of the game. The players and coaches have something in reserve; an extra effort. Like an instinct that takes over where they are able to perform at a higher level than normal. The game just kicks into overdrive as the final minutes tick away.

Have you ever experienced that? I know I have. Usually it is because I procrastinated something until the last minute. When I am given a long list of tasks to accomplish in 2 weeks, it seems like I have just enough time to do it. But somehow if I’m given the same tasks with two days to do them, I’m always able to get it done as well. I remember a quote that says our capacity to complete a task increases as the amount of time we have to complete it decreases.

I wouldn’t say that we magically have an increase in ability at the last minute. I would say that we always have the ability to do it but our ability and intensity are magnified when time is short. In other words, we rise to the occasion.

I guess one of the secrets to success would be to find out how to go about every task or goal as if it were due tomorrow; as if it were the fourth quarter. Any energy we have left when the game ends is wasted.

This is the 4th quarter! The last chance to finish the year off with a bang. There is still time to renew your goals and accomplish great things in the final minutes of 2012. Finish strong an be victorious!

– Kris

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