You have to START to finish!

Do you start to finish?

This is the time of year when everyone thinks goals and resolutions. However, many people find themselves starting but never finishing.

I read Rob Poindexter's article, Happy New Year, blah, blah, blah..., Rob writes about how by February most people have backslide and by May most resolutions are totally forgotten. I loved this:

Whether you’ve decided to stop drinking, stop smoking stop overeating or stop keying strangers’ cars for no reason, don’t wait for some ‘magical’ change of the calendar page.

Start stopping today and continue to stop every day until you’re no longer stopping, you’re just being whom you’ve become.

Wise advice. True change takes time.

As a resume writer, I am cautioned to watch words that are meaningless. "Goal-driven" is one word I would think might be on the newest LinkedIn list of over-used phrases. It's not — but "results-oriented" and "motivated" are.

After years of writing resumes, I encounter many goal-driven, results-oriented, and motivated people. Occasionally, people truly fit those words, and as Rob says, many who don't. You do have to start to finish!

For any goal to be reached, first you have to start!

Many people give up before they start or right after. Perhaps they feel trapped or stuck but in any case, they give up.

UK Marketing Coach, Jim Connolly talks today about Changes in Jim's Marketing Blog:

Do the right things, correctly. If you work hard but don’t know what to do, find someone with the answers.

If you already know exactly what to do, but have not been applying it into your business, start today (right now!)

When you do, the sky’s the limit.

Whether it is your business or your life or your career, this advice and Rob's will put you on the right track.

Perhaps we can all develop an attitude of moving forward. You do, after all, have to start to finish!

If job search is on your list of things to start, let me help you finish it. Learn more.

You have to START to finish!


  1. Career Pontificator on December 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Excellent post, Julie. How flattering to have you quoting my ramblings, and you did a great job of expounding on my points. I’ll be curious to read your follow-up post as well.

    Thank you and have a wonderful New Year.


    • Julie Walraven on December 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      Rob, by now you know I love your ramblings. But your topic was very much on my mind even before you wrote it… the follow-up is post(s) plural and my way of using my blog to challenge myself… I think the things that blog writers go through… as individuals are things others can identify with. It just so happens that anything I blog about is here as a reminder.

  2. Ed Han on December 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Julie, excellent points. It just goes to show that our communications are at their best when they’re consistent with our branding, I think.

  3. Ed Han on December 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, after all. I think that the problem people often face is that they simply don’t understand the difference between a goal and an actionable strategy to achieve it.

    • Julie Walraven on December 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Really good points, Ed. Actionable strategy. I like that! And that is exactly where I am going with the follow-up posts.

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