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Most people start projects with relish and gusto but fade before the finishing line.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about how I can maintain that energy right through to the end.

In sport there is a phrase called, ‘second half thinking’. The thinking is that whoever wins the second half more often than not wins the game. In most games the early exchanges are quite even. It’s when the players start to  tire that those with more persistence and greater levels of stamina come to the front and pull their team towards victory.

There are lots of parallels with the workplace. The excitement of starting new things pulls people along for a while. But when that passes, it is the true leaders who have the strength to stay with the task to get it over the finishing line.

When it’s late in the day and your energy starts to flag, apply second half thinking and decide which side of the result you want to be on.