Follow Through With Style

"Follow through is the secret to success. The secret to follow through is to prepare for that follow through. " — Alan Willett

I was in the lead and I ran for the finish line. Running for the finish line in this case meant stopping right at the finish line. While I was busy thinking I won, someone else whooshed by me taking 1st place.

Running past the finish line at full speed is important.

I learned this over and over again in multiple sports. The most power in racquet sports comes from the follow through. In bowling, power comes from the follow through. Watch a quarterback's arm after he releases the ball.

In our work this is often more complex than a simple motion like throwing a ball. However the intent is the same in making sure your motions have power behind them that lead to the result you want.

Are you following through in a way that leads to success? Consider these types of actions.

  1. Meetings you own. Meetings should always have the clear purpose of moving things forward. Are your meetings moving things forward? Is the follow through in place to make sure they do?
  2. Emails you write to create action. I am talking about the emails where you really want things to happen. Is the follow through baked into your personal system?
  3. Training events. If you sponsor people to be in training events, you should have the expectation of improved performance. Do you have the actions in place to follow through and reinforce?

In these examples is the implication that before you even start an action, you have a strong idea about what you want to happen after your action.

Follow through is the secret to success. The secret to follow through is to prepare for that follow through.

After the one race, I was always prepared to run full tilt well past the finish line. The best results are always worth that extra effort of preparation and follow through.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT