If I Could Wish One Success Trait For My Clients, It Would Be This

follow through for successFor most of January, I featured blogs on motivation and productivity because it was new year’s resolution time so the “how to reach success in your goals” theme seemed apropos. I actually returned to that theme in February for two additional posts, after discovering a startling statistic: over 40% of resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January!

Additional Success Posts

To help with the follow-through, I posted Four Ways To Get Back On Track With Your New Year’s Resolutions in Forbes. The post includes four new books that are early contenders for my favorite reads of 2017. In the blog last week, I shared three more ideas (this time more irreverent ones) for keeping up with the resolutions in Three Counterintuitive Ways To Get Back On Track With Your Goals:

Now that you have seven strategies for reaching your goals, what will you do with that information? Will you do anything?

The One Key Success Trait

If I could wish one success trait for my clients, it would be follow-through – that you do something with the recommendations that are given.

When I wrote about Five Traits That Separate Job Seekers Who Get Hired From Those That Do Not, each of the five traits is related to follow-through.

#1- Decisiveness means you commit to following through.

#2 – Beginner’s Mind enables you to get over the discomfort of following through with new, unfamiliar actions.

#3 – The Willingness to Course-Correct means you hear tough feedback and follow through on making changes.

#4 – Discipline means you stick to the follow-through despite a wane in motivation or misgivings about what’s next (or whatever is tempting you on Netflix!).

#5 – Persistence means you stay with the follow-through long enough for it to work. How reliable is your follow-through?

Follow Through For Success In Your Goals

If your job search, career change, or other professional goal is stalled, look back at your follow-through. Did someone make a suggestion that you haven’t yet tried? Do you owe a networking contact a response? Have you been meaning to make the edits on your resume or LinkedIn profile but just haven’t? Follow through on one outstanding item on your To Do list now, while this post is fresh in your mind. Let us know what happens!

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