As Thomas Jefferson said: “If you want something that you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
The gap between getting from point A to B is one of personal fortitude. A key attribute between meeting your intentions by following through is related to how much ownership you possess.
Jefferson appears to imply that getting a result is inherent on how much you desire to follow through.
Sadly, good intentions miss the mark when our desire is based on something other than having clear ownership for the goal.
Closing the Saying and Doing Gap
What are the qualities needed to follow through?
- Explore how much you want something. Know what it means to you, and why. Failure to answer the why…you need to question whether you have the right objective.
- Does your heart (beliefs, feelings) tell you that you’re on the right track?
- Make a ‘graded task assignment’ – break the follow through into manageable chunks.
- Create an accountability structure. Who is going to keep you accountable for getting there. Set up reporting periods.
- Examine what failing would be like. What are the consequences of inaction? What are the costs and benefits?
- What do successes look like? What is the payoff to follow through?
Develop the spirit to stretch beyond what you think is your capability. Do something you’ve never done.