Follow up and follow through. That’s it. It’s not much but few do it and fewer yet do it consistently. Follow-through means to see something to completion, to finish it completely while following up means to check back with someone or on something to ensure that all is okay or done properly. In many situations, ambiguity exists as to who is responsible for what and by when and in what order. Stating clearly what you intend to do and by when and then doing so sets you apart. And if you don’t know by when, say when you will know when.

It takes courage to commit to specific milestones, but the rewards are great. You will gain confidence, both in yourself and in the eyes of others. People value closure and you will develop a reputation as a capable, organized, can-do person. CAUTION: the only thing worse than not following through is explicitly saying you will and then not delivering. If you are going to miss a milestone, give as much notice as possible and give a new timeline. Watch your commitments, make your promises count; your credibility is on the line.

Closing Quotes:

“Follow through. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do that.” – Amber Hurdle

“Follow up and follow through until the task is completed, the prize won.” – Brian Tracy

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through.” – Eddie Rickenbacker, 1890-1973, WWI fighter ace, Medal of Honor

“Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence.” – John C. Maxwell, 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier