We all have ideas & projects that we start on, and sometimes even finish. As a result, we get that sense of accomplishment that feels so good. However, what great things can happen if we really push ourselves beyond where we thought we already pushed ourselves?
The results we crave are literally on the other end of following through the follow through.
Let me explain…
We can think of the concept of following through as a hallway with doors all along the sides. These doors can represent chances, opportunities, projects, struggles, career highlights etc.
Each step we take down the hallway, as small and insignificant as they may seem at the time, are actually the building blocks of what it means to follow through. Here are a few steps that can be used as guides to our own personal “follow through” journeys:
STEP 1: Educate yourself.
Take the time to educate yourself on the history, and innovations in your field. Also, reach out to successful people in your field and try to pick their brains about how they do things.
STEP 2: Put yourself out there.
Take those classes, go to those meetings, go to the audition; do whatever you have to do.
Keep educating yourself, keep putting yourself out there.
Sooner or later, you will reap what you sow.
“Most of us aren’t defeated in one decisive battle. Instead, we’re defeated one tiny seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be.” - Jocko Willink
That’s when we lose. It’s in those small moments, the quiet ones, when it seems like it just doesn’t matter; so we take the easy path. Sometimes, we don’t give things our all because they’re challenging.
The task may be fear inducing.
The task might spike our anxiety.
However, when we think about those tough moments in isolation, we fail to see the bigger picture; we fail to see what’s at the end of the hallway. If we can make it past the doors, and down the hallway… we will be fundamentally different individuals. In fact, that’s the whole point of going on a journey.
The journey is NEVER the point; the point is ALWAYS self transformation.