In President Monson talk "Finishers Wanted" he said, "From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each who runs the race of life. Shall I falter or shall I finish?"
He gave 6 marks of a finisher.
1- Vision, True finishers have the capacity to visualize their objective. It is worthwhile to look ahead, set a course and at least be partly ready when the moment of decision comes.
2- Effort, Vision without effort is daydreaming, effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize. How can we overcome the concept of the world that we are entitled to rewards without putting forth the effort to obtain those rewards?
3- Faith, Recognize that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. As President Uchtdorf said "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith". How has your faith carried you through times of doubt?
4- Virtue, President James E. Faust said "Virtue in its fuller sense encompasses all traits of righteousness that helps form our character." President Gordon B. Hinckley added; "Love of God is the root of all virtue, of all goodness, of all strength of character."
5- Courage, Courage becomes a living and attractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently. How have you shown courage in your life when it would have be easier to say or do nothing?
6- Prayer, When the burdens of life become heavy, when trials test one's faith, when pain, sorrow, and despair cause the light of hope to flicker and burn low, communication with our Heavenly Father provides peace. How has prayer brought you peace?
President Monson in this months Ensign said " We must develop the faith necessary to survive spiritually and to project a light for others. ...as you read and pray and as you serve and obey, you will come to know better "the light which shine out in darkness" our Exemplar and our Strength--even the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Light we are to hold up to dispel the gathering darkness.