One of my clients recently shared with me that 10 years ago he had an idea about combining water and vitamins as a great way of killing two birds with one stone. Sound familiar?
Have you ever had an idea, sat on it, only to see that product or service take-off in the marketplace at a later date?
This week’s podcast is with Gene Hayden the author of The Follow-Through Factor – Getting From Doubt to Done. Gene has identified a number of key reasons why we struggle with taking action, and some practical ways to deal with these challenges.
Follow-through is a key issue, whether it relates to dealing with your taxes, following up on a job lead or dealing with a career change.
So what is follow-through? I like how Gene describes it: “Making a deal with yourself to pursue your goal. The iron-clad promise to yourself is stronger than any obstacle.”
We generally don’t lack the knowledge of what to do, but we do have a number of thoughts that come into our heads once we decide to pursue a goal. Gene calls these the “‘Yes but’ obstacle course…”
• Yes, but I don’t believe in myself.
• Yes, but I don’t know if my project is right for me.
• Yes, but I have five ideas and all of them are great.
• Yes, but I’m not sure this is my passion.
• Yes, but I don’t have a clue how to proceed.
• Yes, but I’m afraid.
• Yes, but I don’t have the time, energy or money.
• Yes, but I can’t find a mentor.
• Yes, but what if I fail?
The top 3 reasons why people drop their ideas, according to Gene, are:
1. Loss of passion
2. Not enough money
3. No time
At some point, we all lack desire, money, and time for the things that excite us. Are those challenges just excuses? Or, do we just lack a creative way to resolve those issues?
Gene suggests 2 key questions to help you to follow-through despite anything:
1. What is the story you want to tell to yourself and to others? For example, you follow up with a hiring manager and they decide to interview you. How could that story end?
2. Then ask yourself what resonates with you about that potential outcome? This question is really about the “why.” WHY do you really want to follow up?
Bonus idea – Reward yourself! Decide on a reward system for having the courage to take action. One of our clients would buy himself a song on iTunes every time he arranged an informational interview.
Long story short, my client didn’t take action on this idea, but somebody else did. If you walk into any store you will see many choices of vitamin water – it ended up being another person’s billion dollar idea.
Gene states, “Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people who accomplish great things and it makes life a lot more interesting.”
The world is full of great ideas – what’s yours? More importantly, what are you doing with it?
What are your thoughts about following through? Join the conversation; share your wisdom on the comment section.
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