Sunday, December 16, 2012

One Last Push

Finishing Strong

An Affirmation for Focus

"I can't figure out how to organize the paper"
I have one last paper due tomorrow and I just can't seem to focus. The topic is of no interest to me and on top of that it is plain confusing. Writing is usually super easy for me and I'd ordinarily prefer writing a paper than taking a final but at this point I think I'd rather be studying. I can't figure out how to organize the paper and construct it in a logical way. I don't know what's going on. I think my mind is just exhausted. This will be my third final writing assignment and I don't know if I have it in me to give that one last push. However, it is important that I finish strong because this assignment is worth 50% of my grade. Sometimes when we have be pushing and going for so long it is difficult to follow through in the end. But we owe it to ourselves to complete tasks with some diligence that we began them with. If I give up and writing a mediocre paper then all of my hard work from earlier in the semester was for naught. The end is finally in sight. This fact is both useful as well as distracting. While seeing the finish line can help motivate me it also serves as a distraction. I just want to be done. I want to go home and be with my family. I am ready to get the holiday started. This last paper is the one thing that is standing in my way. At the moment I need some help in order to focus and find the strength to give one last push. The time has come again for me to utilize an affirmation in order to get through these last couple days and finish the semester with the same strength that I started it with-
I seem to be experiencing writer's block...
I can enter the zone whenever the need arises. 

This affirmation perfectly suits my needs right now. It is crucial that I am able to embody it and believe that I have the ability to "enter the zone" whenever it is necessary for me to do so. The time for me to enter the zone is now. The need, finishing my paper, has arisen. I have two more days to finish the assignment and if I can focus and get in the zone for the next 48 hours than I am sure I will be able to create a final product that I am proud to turn in. I know I am not alone in my struggles. I can see the exhaustion on the faces of my fellow students. I can tell that my parents are beginning to burn out and are ready for a break from work. My brother, who is at school in Boston, is tired too. He is ready to come home. And I am sure that you are just as ready for a reprieve that the upcoming holiday will bring. Although we are tired and maybe just plain over what we are doing we cannot allow ourselves to give in or give up. We have responsibilities and obligations to fulfill. 
We owe it to ourselves to finish strong in whatever it is the we need to accomplish. Don't use your exhaustion or the holiday as an excuse to slack off at work, at school, or at home. Instead remind yourself that you have the power to enter the zone and give that one last push needed before you can relax and enjoy the holiday season. It is so close; yet, the obligations we have to fulfill before it arrives can make it seems so far away. We may be mentally ready for a break but life does not always offer us one exactly when we need it. Try to set aside your mental need, knowing that the end is near. Focus on the tasks at hand. Let your work reflect your abilities and your level of dedication. We have it in us to give that one last push that will enable us to finish strong. The key word in that statement is finish. It is almost over. We have made it so far and we are so close to being done. The break that we long for is right around the corner. Remember that the end is near and allow this fact to energize and motivate you. 
One Last Push !
Knowing that I will have finished my Fall semester in only two days is creating momentum and propelling me forward. I am ready to "enter the zone." I am ready to focus and complete this paper. The strength and capability were in me all along I just need to recognize them. You possess these same qualities. Tap into them and let them help you give the last push that is required before you can revel in the merriment and glory of the holiday season!

We can finish strong!

I wish ! I need to be focusing on my final assignment !

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