It is human nature to change your behavior when you know that you are approaching the end of something:

> Students pack up their things toward the end of the period, and become much less interested as the end of the academic year approaches
> Employees often become less invested when their departure or retirement date has been set
> Politicians and other elected positions are referred to as lame ducks as their term comes to a close, leaving them with less influence and power
> Couples respond to each other differently once the word “divorce” is spoken, focusing on separating lives and possessions rather than co-joining them.

Keep this mental shift in mind — for yourself and others who are affected — to be conscious about your behaviors. If you know that your commitment level may wane, you can plan for it and not over-promise. If you know an impending deadline is approaching, you can gear up before the downslide. If you have any hope of saving a relationship, you can choose your language carefully.

“The end is near” may be a hyperbole when predicting world doom, but it is a legitimate word of caution about individual actions.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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