WIN Article #117 Finish the Job!


Finish the Job!
By Ben Peterson

Starting a new task is often an exciting and anticipated time with much energy involved. But after extended work on the job, we can become drained of our energy to the point we are ready to give up. This fatigue can happen over the wrestling season or in one match itself. Yes, it can happen in so many tasks we face in life.

Youthful Hobbies
Starting a hobby can be an exciting time, but we can become weary. Therefore it may become difficult to completely finish the project. Many hobby projects get started because of intense interest in something at a given time. But because it is a hobby and not required the time and finances may become hard to justify. For various reasons the hobby may go by the wayside.
As a boy I had various hobbies. My mother was always working on extra crafts and projects that improved our home. Seeing her personal touches encouraged me on several tasks. But, by the time I was in high school I was becoming critical of myself. There were too many half-done projects lying around our house. Many of them were models of construction. I was becoming very interested in how buildings were put together.

Ben the Quitter
With all of the uncompleted projects I became discouraged and critical. I recall not wanting to start a new project because I was afraid of quitting again and just adding to my gilt. School projects were more likely to be finished because there was supervision by the teacher and ongoing motivation for a grade. Like many young men I needed structure and ongoing reason to finish each task.
To this day I still recall saying to myself, “Ben, you’re a quitter! Look at all these unfinished things.” I still had interest in many so I didn’t want to thrown them away. Time, money, and material had been invested, so repeatedly seeing them reminded me of my quitting habits.

Ben the Wrestler
High school sports were exactly what I needed. Coaches and older brothers set an example that helped me overcome the quitting. The visible unfinished hobbies at home were set aside for the intensity of practice and competition. The daily practices with coaching supervision kept me engaged all season. My older brothers kept training in the off-season and invited me to join them for lifting and running. As I saw progress, the repeated reminder from coaches and teammates became my own discipline. A definite momentum was developing.
By the time I was a senior the daily discipline and inner motivation was built into me. Though I lost in the finals of the State Tournament I recall afterwards thinking, “Ben, you are not a quitter. Even though you did not fully reach your goal, you worked and pushed all the way to the end.”
That reversal of thought was huge for me. The need for structure and ongoing motivation and supervision was necessary and so helpful in reaching many other goals.

Coaching to Completion
As a coach, I have seen hundreds of young wrestlers gain confidence similar to the way I did. They need structure and supervision, particularly as freshmen. As they become upperclassmen they begin taking ownership and learning to avoid the quitting.
I often use the words of “punching through” to finish. Extra focus, intensity, and energy are needed to complete something over a period of time. That may be something as simple as a single leg takedown, securing an escape, making weight or finishing a pin. Wrestlers often get countered because they are unable or untrained to “punch through” to finish the job. Mental intensity and physical explosion may be needed to complete any move.
Be alert, be watchful, and be definite.
Alert to all that your opponent brings.
Watchful of all surrounding conditions.
Definite in acting on each situation.
Coaches, we need to train each athlete to know when to be consistent, steady, and patient. But we also need to teach and illustrate what it takes to explode and when to explode. It is sad to watch a man working at an aerobic pace, who is undisciplined or untrained and cannot explode or drive through to the end of a match.
I have taught wrestlers to finish practice in a flurry so they are able to change speed and complete the job. Not every match or situation will require a punch of intensity. But every wrestler will be benefited by this ability in those situations that do require it.

Completed Book
For too long I have been working on a book. I had to put the “punch though to the finish” idea to work. “Road to Gold” is now available online. Check our ad
My children used to listen to a song with the following words. They loved to hear it. So it often rings though my head yet today.
Finish the job, finish the job, then have fun.
When you have a job to do
Never quit until you’re through
Finish the job, finish the job, get it done! By Ron Hamilton

I urge you to use wrestling to practice finishing the job. That does not mean you have to win every match, but it does mean fighting each day to improve. Add energy, get others to help and create the structure needed to finish the job.
Who do you know that needs encouragement or some structure to complete a task? Get together and punch through and finish the job. Add extra energy. Let’s work at getting it done, today!

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