Early on in my career I spent a year or so as a management consultant. While the work was varied and interesting and I had some great clients, the constant
schmoozing networking and relentless scrambling to nail-down the next big deal was exhausting.
More often than not, keeping existing clients happy and courting prospective clients was done, not in the office, but on the golf-course or over sushi at over-priced restaurants. I did my part, making it through countless sushi lunches (though I’m definitely not a fan) and through several rounds of golf that are better left forgotten.
Though everyone else in my family – mom included – played golf, I never had until I became a consultant. But, wanting to be a good team player, I and a few friends dutifully signed up for golf lessons at the local course and gamely did our best to master the basics.
My lack of interest, compounded by a lack of depth-perception and no apparent innate ability meant that “master” was not quite the term to describe the results. Having an instructor who was about 150 years old, rather than the romance-novel worthy hottie we’d secretly hoped for, was just one more disappointment.
What I took away from those lessons – in addition to a loathing for the activity – was the importance of follow-through. While the likelihood that my club would connect with the ball on any given swing was always extremely limited, following through on my swing generally meant the difference between launching the ball into the air (for however short a flight) and having the ball bobble off the tee. It didn’t matter whether I had the right stance or the proper grip, if I didn’t follow through on my swing, the result was not going to be pretty.
So what does this have to do with anything?
Well, I told that story to tee up (see what I did there?) my focus word for 2020 which is, you guessed it, follow-through.
I have tons of projects in varying stages – writing projects, home projects, work projects – and they all could use a heavy dose of follow-through to get them completed and launched off the “things to do” list.
I’ve already started small this year with Michille’s “get rid of one thing every day” project – an achievable goal that I can build on. It’s kind of like the “make your bed every morning so you always start out your day having accomplished something” philosophy.
So far things are working well, both with the getting rid of things and the following-through. I have high hopes for a 2020 full of accomplishments.
So how is your 2020 going so far? What are you focusing on?