Most People Don’t Follow Through

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. You’ve heard that one before, haven’t you? While clichéd for sure, it speaks to a universal truth—people like to talk, but they’re even more enamored with procrastination. But intentions by themselves don’t result in success.

Even though my blogging has been consistent over the years, I don’t always feel like putting up a post. Since I’ve selected Tuesday and Friday as days for fresh content, I have a commitment to making that happen. I’ve self-imposed these deadlines to ensure that my blog doesn’t end up like so many other vacant storefronts out there by bloggers who thought it would be cool to blog and then got waylaid by boredom, or difficulty, or the myriad of excuses that people use to not do what they need to do.

James Altucher mentions the importance of being consistent and persistent. He’s speaking about podcasts in his case, but I think those traits are applicable to just about any task-oriented endeavor. You’ve got to commit to making it happen, and then you need to follow it through—not once, or twice, or for a week—but time after time, for a year, five years, and even longer.

Practice makes perfect.

Practice makes perfect.

This blog has been around since 2012. I’m coming up on my fourth anniversary next month. My blogging actually dates back to 2003, however.

I wrote this in my first post for the JBE. If the 21st century world of work and workforce is about anything, it’s learning new things, constantly upgrading your skills, and embracing the technological onslaught that overwhelms many–even professionals and government leaders.

 The upgrading of skills along with learning new things are both still central to what I’m about. I’m not so sure I’m as keen on embracing “the technological onslaught.” Technology is necessary, but I don’t plan on having it run my life. That’s something I’ve learned over the past year.

I’m very bullish on being consistent and persistent, however. Even when people aren’t beating the door down for your services or skills. Continuing on when you’re tired, discouraged, and even disrespected.

That’s when the real test of your mettle starts.

3 thoughts on “Most People Don’t Follow Through

  1. Continuing on and fighting through can be tough especially when you are just plain tired out in more than one way. This exhaustion can be herculean to overcome….the weight of an exhausted mind and spirit is the worst hurdle to overcome.

    But what keeps us steady and forging on is “being true to yourself.” If that is lost than who one is, spirals off to other places, never to return and our place in the universe and relationships with others who know that truth usually changes or ends. Those “others” are few but they help support who one is and we need them. They encourage the best and truest sense of self.

    Consistency and Persistence are gifts. Hold them close. They are what will get anyone through a storm.

    The sun is coming out!

  2. My goodness, thank you for reminding me of James Altucher! He’s written so many wonderful things about work and persistence; he is an interesting man.

    It’s true, most people don’t follow through. St. Helen, were she to have her own blog, would write a post about this called “People are so disappointing.” She’d end it with some peppy admonition:

    “But don’t you be like that.”

  3. @JAB I ran across Altucher (again) this week. Someone had suggested reading him (was it you?), but I’d forgotten about him. Not sure how I found my way back to the site.

    His writing is good and he’s honest. Having struggled through a myriad of difficulties, failures, battling depression—he stuff resonated with me last night, reading through some posts.

    St. Helen says that “people are so disappointing.” I’ll take it a step further and say that “some people absolutely suck!”

    @Sally I especially liked this post by Altucher.

    A few things seemed especially directed to me.

    People say, “don’t worry. Things cycle.” No they don’t. Things sometimes go down, then they go down more. Then I say, “it can’t get worse”. And then it gets worse. Things can go down forever. Eventually they always do.

    “Do one thing a day,” my sister once told me.

    That’s it. It compounds. One thing becomes two. Two becomes Four. And so on. That’s how you climb up. Life compounds.

    Even on our worst days, I believe we can find one thing to focus on, and build from there.

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