Your Follow-Through — It’s Your Powerful Trust-Building Secret Weapon

goals and your follow-through
Your choices and your follow-through…

Your follow-through is one of the most powerful and trust-building tools in your time management toolbox. 

This is especially true at this time of year.

Have you made resolutions?

If so, then what you do next is important on a multitude of levels.

When you make resolutions you are making promises to yourself.  And your follow-through has a far-reaching impact. It either strengthens or weakens your confidence, your self-trust, your expectations, and at a core level, your relationship with yourself.

So, What Happens When I Don’t Follow-Through?

You might want to say that it doesn’t really matter.  After all, you’re the only one who knows, right?  And maybe you tell yourself it wasn’t that important anyway.

But actually, it’s very important. And maybe it’s even more important when you’re the only one who knows.  This matter of your follow-through boils down to an important message you give yourself about how much you can count on yourself.  

It speaks to your integrity.

And here I am really focusing, not on your ‘public’ integrity, but on the integrity of your quiet, private heart.

When you don’t follow-through on your promises to yourself, you undermine self-trust and this saps you energy and confidence, as well as your fundamental sense of empowerment in your life.

From a time management perspective, lack of follow-through leaves you less focused, efficient, and effective.  You simply aren’t with yourself.

Focusing on follow-through is where you begin to feel, in a very every-day-way, the positive power of promise-keeping.

How does this work?

Let’s say that you’ve resolved to get more exercise.  If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, these months after the turning of the year can be a challenging time to start and maintain an exercise regimen.

Now that you know it’s important to keep your promise, how are you going to start and keep it going?  Collecting ideas and information helps, so following are some tips.  Keep in mind that the key is to find what works for you, and then DO IT!

Mindset and motivation are important, as is having the right equipment. Also, consider finding some exercise routines that you can do indoors. Or plan to exercise safely outside with a friend. And make it fun. Maybe all it takes is something as easy as updating your exercise playlist.

Whatever you resolve to do, remember that it’s not going to just happen. You have to think about it and plan for it.

Your follow-through is a big deal…

You reap benefits on many levels when you follow through on a promise you make to yourself.  First, you receive the concrete benefit of the goal you had planned to accomplish.  Whatever your resolution or promise had been, you must have valued it, so following through gives you value in return.

But the even deeper benefit that you receive is the enhanced self-trust that follow-through builds.  You come to know that you can count on yourself and believe your own promises, no matter what.

Your relationship with yourself becomes more integrated and meaningful as your thoughts, promises, and deeds are in sync.

And the other wonderful thing about follow-through is that it works as a trust-builder, whether the promise you’ve made is a large or a small one.  In fact, I strongly suggest you start with small, doable promises and then keep building on the positives. With yourself as a trusted and trustworthy partner, your confidence soars – and the sky is your only limit.

For more help…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

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