A buddy of mine was explaining that he has about 20 days left before he’s done with his current job and on to the next one. He was asking me, “How do I finish well?”
I’ve been in a similar situation. During the last weeks of one of my jobs, it was tough to be fully engaged. Motivation dropped pretty low. What were they going to do? Fire me?
If you are finishing something, it’s worth finishing it well. In a job, you never know how things might turn out. You may want to hire back on at that place some time down the road. You may end up working with some of those same people, even if it’s not at that same place. And if you finish well with integrity, those people will recommend you to other employers.
The idea of finishing well can also be applied to your life. In life, you will regret the things you did not do far more than the things you did. Finishing well in life means you finished with a deep satisfaction about your life and your choices. This satisfaction includes:
- having full and deep relationships that were loving and uplifting
- making choices and engaging in things of the highest value
Idea of finishing well, starts now. In your job, you can’t finish well if your tenure there was mediocre and aggravating to others. In life, you can’t make up for lost time in the last few weeks of your life. A big part of finishing well also includes starting well, and pursuing the journey well.
As you think about finishing well in your job, or in your life, what changes might you want to make right now?