DAY-53.docx - FOLLOW UP FOLLOW THROUGH Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is a term used when someone should by all appearances be gaining ground

DAY-53.docx - FOLLOW UP FOLLOW THROUGH Snatching defeat...

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FOLLOW UP FOLLOW THROUGH Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is a term used when someone should by all appearances be gaining ground making forward progress and winning, but somewhere along the way, things go sideways and make an unforced error, they exercise bad judgment and they end up losing. Maybe they've managed to gain a clear advantage over their opponent during the course of a contest. Maybe their opponent is far inferior, or is in disarray, or is at an insurmountable disadvantage or otherwise never had a prayer. Either way, this person has success well in hand except the presumed victor somehow completely self-destructs, they fumble the ball and now find themselves suffering, dealing with a crisis of confidence and paying the heavy price for an easy win that they let slip away. In this lesson titled, "Follow Up and Follow Through," we are going to focus on the importance of following up and following through on the cost and the consequences of doing it poorly or not at all on the psychological drama that causes it, as well as the things that you can do to become a master at it. I want you to buckle up as this one's going to be a wild ride. Now, in the spirit of calling a spade a spade, the inability or the unwillingness to follow up and follow through on commitments, on projects, meetings, or any form of obligation is a self-inflicted wound, an implosion, a screw up of the highest magnitude. It's a complete and pathetic waste of opportunity as when you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, there can be little sympathy for your well-deserved misfortune and humiliation. To follow up and to follow through simply means to finish what you started, to continue until the end, to reach the final conclusion. Why on earth is this such a difficult concept for people to comprehend? See, the effectiveness of a meeting, of a project or commitment of any type is measured in terms of its outcomes, not its intentions. Intending to follow up is absolutely no substitute nor acceptable reason for not following up. In the end, it's all about the end, as you will be judged on what you do, on your ability to honor commitments, to keep your promises, and to deliver results. And by not developing the habit of following up and following through on action plans, on tasks, and decisions, then you've made yourself highly vulnerable. Why is that? Well, three reasons. Because you'll have given everyone

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