It’s Not Too Late-3 ways to finish 2016 Strong and Start 2017 Confident

Still time to Finish 2016 Strong

And Start 2017 Confident

Run through the Tape

After the first of the year starts and the holidays end, there is tendency to think it’s too late to finish last year and start the new year right.  But that’s not true.  You can still finish strong and start confident.  There is a term in sports, particularly running or racing— “Run through the tape”.  It refers to how you finish the race.  The concept is to train the runner to pick up speed and sprint through the finish line not to the finish line.

How we finish is much more important than how we begin or even plod along in the middle. Don’t get me wrong.  I believe in starting well and never quitting but if your goal is just to finish you will always run to the line and never through the line.  In other words, you will simply coast at the end.  A diligent leader does not coast to the end; no, the true leader runs through the tape.

As we are starting 2017 it’s not too late to wrap up 2016 so you can start 2017 with confidence.  It’s kind of like coming to the end of the race.  How are you going to finish?  I say finish strong, run through the tape.  Take some time to get set for a confident 2017!!!

3 ways to finish 2016 strong


Review the past year.  Where did you succeed and where did you come up short?  What Goals did you accomplish and what goals are you still working on?

Look at what you accomplished this past year.  Goals, projects, relationships, adventures.  List all your accomplishments both the ones you planned for and the opportunities you didn’t plan for.  This will give you a better understanding of what you did throughout the year.


Take some time to renew your mind, relationships, body, spirit.  This is a time to devote to renewing your inner self.  Set a time for each area; mind, relationships, body, spirit.  One thing you can do during this time is to commit to a season of fasting and prayer.  Check out the fasting guide sheet.  Finishing strong and Starting confident all starts with a foundation of prayer and devotion.


Make a list of all the projects or plans that were not finished or did not turn out the way you wanted them to turn out.  To the side of each plan or project list out what you would have done differently or what you learned.

Now apply those changes or lessons in 2017.

Start 2017 confident

As you take time to review, renew, and reset, there are some areas you can focus on to start 2017 with confidence and boldness.  You have the best opportunity right now to make 2017 the most productive year you have ever had.  2017 is going to be a great year for you.

Start right now by setting SMART Goals for this year.  SMART Goals are are goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timed-Deadline

To start 2017 confident take the next few days and set some SMART Goals in your life.  Be focused and intentional about these goals.  Set goals in each area of your life.  Here are 7 areas to set SMART Goals in:

  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Work
  • Physical
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Intelectual

Setting SMART Goals in each of these areas will create a Circle of Confidence that will guide you through 2017.  Take a moment and list one or two things you would like to accomplish in each of these seven areas of your life.  Then create plan to achieve them.

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  • Getting a promotion?
  • Strengthening your Marriage?
  • Growing your business?
  • Mentoring your kids?
  • Getting out of Debt?
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What do you do to finish strong and start confident?  Tell me below