“If 85% of Success is showing up then 15% is for following through!”
Early on in sports if you don’t learn to follow through then your skills and your results will suffer dramatically. In business and in life it’s the same. If you’re not succeeding at the level you want then take a look at your follow through. Have you finished that project? Have you followed up on that last meeting?
All success starts with the completion of a process. You must learn to finish what you started. Finish your latest project before taking on a new one. Complete it as intelligently and as energetically as you began.
You see, most people won’t do that. They never finish what they start. They never put as much care in the end process as the preparation in the beginning. That’s why the “air is so thin at the top.”
As I mentioned, in sports if you don’t learn to follow through then your skill will be limited and your results will mostly be based on luck. You won’t be selected to move up to the “Big Leagues” and your career will come to an abrupt or gradual end.
In business, you won’t have a new and improved product to ship or a next level service to offer so the orders will gradually or abruptly stop and business will slide or fall off a cliff. In relationships if there’s no follow through then the ultimate togetherness and special bond will drift and the heart will crave renewal and go searching elsewhere for it.
All is not lost, help is at hand because follow through is a matter of discipline and discipline is a personal choice. It’s a mental shift and excitement about the possibilities of something new. Often all it takes is a little helping hand to create a new breakthrough, a little encouragement or a slight push.
When we were children we used to get this encouragement from our parents, teachers and coaches. Now that we’re older we can garner this from our partners, colleagues, friends, mentors and business coaches.
Ultimately, we must take responsibility for all our successes or lack thereof.
Often, all we need to push us through the finish line is a kindly push past our quitting point.
Thoughts on re-motivation:
- Take a breather then decide to carry on with a renewed vigour.
- A good nights sleep works wonders.
- A quick call to a good friend or family member.
- Play with your children.
- Take a detour during your normal day (visit a museum instead of Starbucks)
- A mid day nap. (if it works for Richard Branson, why not you?)
- Take a nice walk.
The bottom line is this. All your projects that remain unfinished are draining your energy both mental and physical so either finish them or scrap them altogether so you can free up your good energy for something new and maybe even more exciting.
“Unfinished business is none of your business”
Dominic John Kotarski DJK 🙂
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