It is Friday and I am sitting in the sun waiting for my kids to get home from school contemplating the week that is ending. It was an unusually satisfying week. Why? Actually it is a combination of personally accomplishing several milestones to my goals and seeing clients moving forward in achieving their goals. It is almost like the earth is aligning with the stars and a rhythm is setting in. I have my analytical side which wants to understand what is the difference in positive results and/or negative results. As I am enjoying the beautiful day and putting a close to the week I am contemplating what caused such a positive difference this week. And in reality, in business, any good week is probably the culmination of prior weeks efforts.
I wrote a post last week about increasing sales through enthusiasm and follow-through – a pretty simple concept. I think the success I am seeing from my clients is also a function of simplicity. They are putting together plans for their business and following through and doing them. I know many of us go to business school, acquire MBA’s, so it cannot be as simple as just follow-through, can it? Let’s put it this way, even if we have the most brilliant idea, strategy or plan, if it isn’t executed then it will not come to fruition. Perseverance and follow-through are so important. Here are my top reasons why:
- As mentioned above, even great ideas don’t make an impact if they are not executed.
- Follow-through breeds success which motivates us to continue and build momentum.
- If we persevere with a plan, we begin to achieve economies of scale and the reward builds. If we start new idea after new idea and never execute to completion, we never develop a foundation and achieve the efficiencies.
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