It’s xyz time since you started your challenge, and the time has arrived for you to finish it/demonstrate it/do it for real (in my case). Here’s some of what you may have picked up along the way that is still useful. Some of it may match your learning during the build-up, or your journey to achieve whatever it is. Some of it might be new learning on the day, or when you finish. Some things will have surprised you. Others might have been familiar friends, or enemies, that you’ve met before, and used to your advantage, or have found strategies to stop them sabotaging your efforts.
Here are some final thoughts:
- Prepare yourself in advance. You know what’s reasonable to do, and what to put on hold until the job’s done.
- Positive self-talk is valuable. Remember, you’ve been doing this for a while now, and you’re getting better at it all the time.
- Recognise the familiar feelings as you go through your challenge, both positive and negative. You know them; you’ve used the positives to your advantage and you’ve gone through the negatives before. Have no fear.
- Prepare for some unexpected feelings, both positive and negative, and work out how to use them to your advantage.
- Sometimes, sheer willpower is all you have. Grit your teeth and get through. Focus on the end and the “why”.
- Support is everything. Value your tribe, take their accolades and encouragement and enjoy it all.
- Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. It matters most that you are proud of what you’ve done.
And you’re done! What’s next? How will you use your experiences for your next challenge?