Follow Through = Growth

“If you want to grow, you need to have the courage & conviction to do what you say you’re gonna do.” This is an amazing principle I gleaned from Story—a conference put on each year for creators & storytellers looking to deepen their skills and push past their goals as business professionals. But this principle, to actually do what I say I’m going to do, to finally organize my file database, to go out of my way to finish that marketing campaign at 9pm rather than tomorrow, to write that blog post, finish reading that book, to plan a team training session, to create a sales incentive program, to… the list goes on and on and on.

Imagine a world where I’d completed all of these things. My team would be stronger, more equipped, more confident. We would be faster, more efficient, better at communicating. There would be a high level of trust and responsibility, opportunity for fresh ideas, the power to say yes instead of no. 

As a business owner, I am ashamed to say that I am not the best at follow through. That my integrity, in this area, needs serious work. While I can easily get caught up in the disappointments and missed opportunities of the past, I realize that focusing on what is next, with follow through and true commitment, is what will dictate my future.

As you read this article, I want to leave you with this challenge: what is it that you need to follow through on? Make a list, stick it on your wall, your computer, your mirror—anything that will be in your face and force you to see what needs to be done. If “Integrity is the missing ingredient to success,” the only one who controls your integrity is you.