For any of us who spent way too many quarters at an arcade, that phrase is easily identifiable. In “Mortal Kombat” that phrase meant that your enemy was basically beaten and all you needed to do was perform one last lethal blow to add an exclamation point to your victory. I remember vividly spending countless hours mastering special moves or trying to complete a level on a range of video games. As meaningless as the games might have been, we were finishers.
In the megapixel world of video games things are much easier and more defined. There is a sequence to things. Levels become incrementally harder. Resources show up basically right before you need them. The problem is that as fun as the game might be, life is the game that counts.
There are a hundred different directions to take this metaphor but I’m going straight for the throat. FINISH IT!!!! Whatever it is that you set in front of yourself. Being a great starter means nothing if you’re not a finisher. Anyone can tell you about the two pounds they lost, the two weeks that they lifted weights or the book they started five years ago. It’s all worthless without the finish. That moment when your goal is teetering on the edge of defeat and you deliver that lethal strike.
Finish it. Be methodical, don’t cut corners but finish it. Decide before you start that you’re going to finish. If you’re not committed to the finish, then don’t commit to the start. Finish it!