Goal Setting: Part Two: Follow-Through

  • Successful follow=through is the difference between achieving a goal and failing.  Quitting before you've even started on the follow-through might be a likely scenario for a lot of people diagnosed with schizophrenia.


    A fortune cookie implores: "There is no shame in failure only in quitting."  You don't know unless you try whether you can do something.


    It can be hard to follow through on doing what it takes to achieve a goal.  I've learned the secret to successful follow-through and will share it here: make it as easy as possible to follow through on continuing towards a goal.


    This is best done at the same time you understand that the deadline must be realistic for achieving a goal.  Thinking in terms of long-term success can help improve your mood when you feel you've fallen down or won't be able to achieve the goal quickly.

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    Often: "quick" is the antithesis of "lasting."  I'm confident when I tell you setbacks are often only temporary.  The longer you keep taking action, the greater the likelihood you'll achieve your goal.


    Four years ago when I first started training at the gym I despaired of succeeding after just two or three weeks of lifting weights.  I managed to pull through and four years later I can dead-lift 190 lb. when I had started out only able to dead-lift 65 lb.


    If you don't reach a goal by the time you set, extend your "deadline."  I've coined the term "lifeline" to use instead of "deadline." I adopted this life-long approach to achieving goals after seeing a quote on the whiteboard at the gym: "Don't try to be skinny by Tuesday.  Strive to be fit.  Fitness is forever."


    So too you have the rest of your life to see progress.  It's not ever too late to go after a dream or do something new.  I'll end here with a scene from my own life.  It might sound frivolous yet it was a goal I set: to wear foundation on my face every day.  I placed the tube on the counter of my bathroom sink along with the sponges to apply the liquid.


    As easy as it could be: I had started applying foundation for three months and could then set the next goal: applying eyeliner.  I bought a ceramic mug to place the tube, the eyeliner stick, a blush compact and a fluffy brush in.  A neat, clean, tidy convenient access point for making up my face in the morning.


    You shouldn't need to execute a series of complicated never-ending steps to be able to continue on your merry way towards the result you seek.  Change one behavior at a time, instead of attempting to change multiple things at once.


    I'll end this series next week with how you can get to the point where you complete the goal and are successful.

Published On: September 05, 2014