We’ve got three full weeks before the holidays.  The finish line is in sight.  This means no matter how much you have left to do or how stressful it can be at this time of year, you can do it.  The finish line is a powerful thing.

And I’ve never seen as good of a description about finish lines than by tennis legend Andre Agassi in his book Open.

“The finish line at the end of a career is no different from the finish line at the end of a match. The objective is to get within reach of that finish line, because then it gives off a magnetic force. When you’re close, you can feel that force pulling you, and you can use that force to get across. But just before you come within range, or just after, you feel another force, equally strong, pushing you away. It’s inexplicable, mystical, these twin forces, these contradictory energies, but they both exist. I know, because I’ve spent so much of my life seeking the one, fighting the other, and sometimes I’ve been stuck, suspended, bounced like a tennis ball between the two.” 

I feel that tugging between wanting time to slow down to accomplish all of my 2019 goals and the wish that Christmas was tomorrow.

The best thing we can do is acknowledge this dichotomy and do our best on both ends.  Push.  Push really hard.  With three weeks left, you want to leave it all out on the field.

And when we hit that special time for the holidays – don’t be afraid to put the car in park.

We’ve got a few weeks left.  Let’s do the best we can.

And let’s make it a great week!

Weekly Six-Pack
Here are the 6 things to check out this week:

  1. There’s a common phrase in computer science: “garbage in. garbage out” that applies more generally to life.  I wrote about it here – and the top 7 newsletters that you should check out. 
  2. With Thanksgiving week, you may want to check out this interview I did with A.J. Jacobs earlier this year on the power of gratitude.
  3. This past week, our sales team checked out the SpartanXLeadership event at Oracle Park in San Francisco.  I loved putting together my passions for leadership and personal development. 
  4. One of the headliners of the event was Kelly Starrett, founder of San Francisco CrossFit and The Ready State.  He put out a video this week on recovery that’s worth checking out. 
  5. I’ve torn through about half of Rework and plan to finish it on my flight home from Boston later today.  It is a book filled with 1-2 pages lessons on running a great – not necessarily big – business.  It has a lot of unconventional ideas that I plan to cover in an article later.
  6. Tomorrow is the 1st day of our free daily email newsletter: Daily Momentum.  It’d mean a lot to me if you checked it out. 

Quote of the Week

“I don’t like work, no man does, but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself.”

– Joseph Conrad

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