One of the simplest, yet sometimes hardest, things to do to increase your chances of success is to keep your word and follow through. When you say you’re going to do something, whatever it takes, do it. The reason for this is to build up an unshakable level of belief in yourself where when you set a goal, your confidence in your ability to reach it is so high, your actions will be void of any hesitation.
For many who set goals, the instant they announce it, their mind automatically raises doubts. They start to remember all of the times in the past where they didn’t follow through on the actions they said they were going to take. They’ll tend to have thoughts like, “Who am I kidding? I’ll never reach this goal” and “I’ve failed so many time in the past, how’s this time going to be different?”
If you think about it, this makes logical sense. If you know someone who doesn’t keep their word, when you ask them to do something, you just know they’re a good chance they won’t do it. On the other hand, you know you can count on someone who has a reputation of following through. You have confidence in their ability to make good on their word.
It’s Time for Change
If you’ve been the type of person who usually fails to follow through on goals and you want this to change, then the good news is, you can. Remember, although your past actions can be a good predictor of your future actions, change can happen in an instant when you decide enough is enough.
An effective way to start shifting your mindset from not having confidence in what you say you’re going to do to having confidence again is to start setting small, easy to follow through goals and do whatever it takes to complete them. It can be anything from cleaning your room to washing the car to hitting the gym as long as you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’ll follow through on it.
It might not sound like much but these small “confidence” boosters will add up and allow you to more easily follow through on bigger goals.
Many people fail to follow through on their goals due to distractions. It can be anything from TV to the internet to negative, go-nowhere friends. If you look back and discover a few things that keep showing up every time you set a goal and fail at achieving it, it’s time to remove it from your life or at least decrease the amount of time you invest in it.
If you’re unwilling to do this, then at least wait until after you do what you’re supposed to do before engaging in those activities.
Create The Future You Want
Whatever you’ve done or failed to do in the past has brought you to where you are today. It’s safe to say that if you continue to do what you’ve been doing, your future is going to be more or less the same. If you don’t like where your future is headed, then change the direction by committing to following through on the things you say you’re going to do.
If you want to take it a step further, start changing the things you do on a daily basis. It’s the things we do on a consistent basis that has the greatest affect on our future. Whether it’s hitting the gym (or not), eating healthy foods (or bad foods), spending quality time with your kids, investing time and energy in improving your marketable skills at work, or donating your time to charity, if you’re doing it consistently, it WILL have an impact on your future.
The Plan of Action
So what do you do from here?
First, work on building up your belief in yourself by making it a point to follow through on the things you say you’re going to do. Start out small and build up over time. In the beginning, if it’s something you don’t think you’ll actually do, just like a promise, don’t say you’ll do it. Continue this until you can set a goal you can be proud of will full confidence that you will follow through.
Keep in mind that action and desired results, although related, don’t necessarily go hand in hand. There will be times when you take plenty of action and the outcome you want doesn’t happen. That’s okay. The important thing here is that you follow through and not necessarily that you accomplish the goal.
While you’re doing that, evaluate the things you do on a daily basis, your habits. Figure out which ones are a good use of your time and energy and which ones are a waste and then, eliminate the waste. In place of those things, come up with new, useful habits.
Keep up with the following through on your goals as well as the strengthening of your new, useful habits. The process of following through will help strengthen your habits and the stronger your habits become, the easier following through will become. This is one of the best ways to get the life you want. It might be tough in the beginning but it’ll become easier over time.
This is the Life
Nearly all of us, deep down, wants our life to mean something. We want to experience a life full of happiness. We want to contribute and make a difference. We all have dreams of experience the good life, whatever that may mean to us.
If you’re going through a slump, it’s time to get out of it. It’s time to rebuild your belief in yourself and get back on the right path. It’s going to take work and there will be many challenges along the way but when you have complete confidence that you are the master of your destiny, difficulties may slow you down but absolutely nothing can completely stop you from achieving and experience the life you want.
Reaching the moment where you can say, “This is the life”, will take some time, discipline, and sacrifice but when the moment comes, it’ll be all worth it. Reach this moment by keeping your word and following through.