Last week, we talked about “ownership”.
This week, we’re going to be focusing on “follow through”. What does “following through” mean and how can you apply this principle in your life?
Following through means: taking action and doing what you said you’d do. It means having integrity which means holding something to an honorable standard. After you’ve taken ownership of something you set out to do, it’s important to follow through with that “something”.
For example, something I’m currently taking ownership of and following through with is:
Getting out of my comfort zone.
My comfort zone consists of:
- Keeping to myself in fear of putting myself out there
- Hesitating to follow through with what I want or what I’d say I’d do in fear of it not being perfect
- Playing things safely in fear of getting hurt
- Eating my feelings
I am owning these things I do in my comfort zone and deciding to put an end to these behaviors.
When I put an end to these behaviors, this is where the work begins- the follow through. And what has the follow through looked like for me?
- I’ve been attending more social gatherings and forcing myself to talk to people. I’ve been making an effort to reach out to friends and share life updates with them.
- When I feel myself getting hesitant, I tell myself, “You don’t have to be perfect, Kat, just present.” That instantly snaps me back into a higher sense of motivation and I just do the dang thing.
- I have another chant I say to myself which goes like this:
“Just do it.” (Nike) There’s no way of getting around getting hurt, it’s just a fact of life, so you might as well just give it a go!
- Instead of eating my feelings, I drink water, breathe and get myself distracted with hobbies.
While doing the work it takes in the process of follow through, we also need to remind ourselves to do these things intentionally with integrity. Because you can do all of those things and give it 50% effort.
If you’re not putting your all into it, you’re not giving yourself the chance you deserve to take. So, “Do it with passion, or not at all.” (Nike)
Following through is definitely the bulk of the work it takes to achieve your goals. In fact, it IS the work. So I’m going to tell you right here, right now:
there will be days when you don’t follow through, and that’s okay.
Holding yourself to a high standard and having intention and integrity in your follow through is so important but don’t fall into the trap of shaming yourself if you miss a day or two or three or however long it takes for you to get back on track because this is all a process!
I think this is what stops people from achieving their greatest desires because imagine this-
You’re excited about something you take it by the horns, follow through and then you start falling off that grind because you’re human. (We, humans, tend to fall off track since we’re not perfect.)
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT feel disappointed in yourself. Do not be discouraged. This is all part of the journey of achievement. There will be times when you need to stop, readjust, realign and renew yourself so that when you get back on that grind, you’ll follow through with more effort and more tenacity.
Great things don’t happen overnight, so give yourself a fighting chance by being patient in the midst of following through.
Next Value of the Week: “Patience”
Next Sunday, I’ll be talking about what it means to have patience with yourself and with others.
This week, our main focus is to bring more awareness into the value “Follow Through”.
Experience life with me. 😉