Motivation Monday (on Tuesday): Following Through

When I was in University, I was a frosh week rep / spirit leader, meaning we played games and got new students excited about being part of an educational community.  It also gave them a chance to get out of their norm and shake it up, while making some new friends.

As part of the training for this, every rep in the school saw a motivational speaker before the week began.  I’ve seen motivational speakers before, in high school,  but I never remembered them.  This guy stuck with me.  It wasn’t because he was funny, he didn’t have some gimmick, and he really wasn’t a memorable person.  What was great about him was that he was great at communicating his message, and that’s what stuck with me.

The message was: Do what you say, say what you do, and if you don’t, own up to it.

This message has stuck with me for a long time, and I don’t even remember the speaker’s name or face, or even where the talk was.  I’ve always tried to follow this message as a guide because it really resonates with me as a way for a person to be good, honest, and mature. Let’s break it down.

Do what you say

If you are going to do something, or if you say you’re going to, do it! follow through.  This is a good definition of integrity.  I’ve known so many people in my life that have said they’re going to do something, and then not do it.  This wouldn’t be so bad, once or twice, but when they do it time and time again, and ignore it when confronted, they lose my respect.

So follow through, and people will remember that you did.

Say what you do

This one is a bit more complex, but I always interpret to mean making a declaration of what you are planning to do.  It is similar to the first one, but the order is reversed.  If you have a big idea or a big plan or a goal or a dream, say it out loud! State it, and follow through with it.  Make a confident, mature declaration.

If you don’t, Own up to it

We are all human, and everyone makes mistakes. We have unexpected things happen, and we just aren’t able to follow through sometimes.  This is okay, and we should all give ourselves and others some leeway from time to time.

The lesson here is that you own up to your mistakes.  This may be the most important one of all.  If you can be honest with yourself and with others when you make a mistake, this is maturity in pure form.  You’ll be surprised how willing people are to forgive you, and how much better you’ll feel when you realize that nobody really minds if you make a mistake once in a while.

If you have to own up to mistakes more often than not, then maybe you need to change the way you do things.

This has always been a guide for me, and has given me a lot of self-guided positive change.

My confession:

So here’s the reason for the post – today is Tuesday! I’m a day late with my Motivation Monday post.  I was tired and up very early yesterday.  So here I am following through anyway.  Please read my blog again 😛



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