No Follow Through – No Results

no follow through - no resultsEven if I were the most brilliant Life Coach in the world, there is not a thing that I could do to help the client who lacks follow through or just plain refuses to follow through with their plan of action.

Whenever I interview potential clients, I can always sense those who struggle with follow through right off the bat. Sure, they want change or improvements in their life but instead of having that spark that would launch most people into action… they have excuses. In a way, it is a very curious phenomenon to see.

Those who do possess the necessary amount of follow through get their pre-work completed in order for us to begin working together. Those who don’t… they just disappear into the mist and I never hear from them again… Trust me; it’s nothing that I take personally.

No matter how great your plan is and no matter how much you might really have to change something in your life, not a damned thing is going to happen unless you follow through. Period. No follow through… no results or at a minimum, your results will directly reflect your level of follow through.

Maybe you or someone you know has a problem or struggles with follow through… it’s easy to detect if you listen to their words, especially when you hear phrases like:

  • That sounds really hard…
  • Let me think about it…
  • I’ll try but I won’t promise anything…
  • I don’t know…
  • I don’t have the time/money/knowledge/etc…

It’s even possible that you don’t hear anything at all, only crickets and you see that dumbfounded “deer in the headlights” look…

But lack of follow through is easy to overcome if you want to as the only thing you need to do is start! That’s it… just start. Start small if you have to but commit to start.

Don’t just wait to be something, just be it. Don’t say “someday” say “today” and start today. Follow through and start!

The more you do anything, the better you will be, and the more confident you will become.

It’s all about building momentum and once you start a funny thing will happen and you will ask yourself, “Why didn’t I start sooner?” Because usually once you start, most things seem ridiculously easy, or significantly less scary than they were in the beginning.

Never allow fear, not-knowing, self-doubt, or the lack of any resource in your life to prevent you from following through and taking action.

What do you need to stop dreaming/scheming/talking about and just follow through and start doing in your life?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 05 January 2016


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