Don’t Suck at Follow-Through

While traveling with a colleague recently, we began discussing the strengths and weaknesses of team members. Each member brings a unique strength to the team, but also has weaknesses that sometimes frustrate the other members.

When it got to my name, this colleague didn’t pull any punches. “Dave, you are a great idea man, but you sometimes suck at follow-through.”

“Yeah. I know.”

That statement was not a shock at all. I have been a “project” kind of guy my entire career. I tend to get excited about an idea or inspiration I have had, only to see it slip away over time.

Knowing this, I have attempted many different methods to combat the tendency. From yellow pads full of to-do lists, to project management apps — I have just about done them all.

Those around me often find it humorous each time I attempt to get a handle on my latest “project.” Another grand plan by Dave keep himself on track.

This cycle has made me realize two things.

1. I am still a work in progress.

2. Just because you know what to do, doesn’t mean you always do it.

Another colleague reminds me on a regular basis that “knowledge” isn’t power. Applied knowledge is.

I am thankful for those around me who put up with my lack of follow-through, but I appreciate those who hold me accountable even more. While I am a work in progress, I need to make progress in this area.

The good news is that life is a marathon. I still have time to get this right — and so do you.