Practicing What I Preach

When it comes to following through, believe it or not, I generally do practice what I preach. That’s why this month’s blog post will be especially short.

Tug-of-war

You see, in the midst of a big move, I’m super busy and quite stressed-out, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t feel in the least bit like writing the blog post I promised myself I’d write every month. So, there’s an ugly tug-of-war raging right now between what I intend to do and what I feel like doing.

Striking a compromise

Luckily, I know enough about the art of following through to be able to end the war in a way that satisfies both sides.

I will (sort of) keep the promise I made to myself while also requiring myself to do less of what I don’t feel like doing. I’ll write a post, but it will be a short one that requires decidedly less time and effort than it generally takes to write a post. That way I’ll prevent “what I feel” from derailing my intention and weakening or destroying my positive once-a-month habit.      

Rescue an intention by lowering the bar

Yes, sometimes following through is about compromise. It’s better to scale down an intention – to lower the bar enough that you can clear it – than it is to risk totally breaking a promise you’ve made to yourself.   

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To learn more about how you can lower the bar to keep your intentions alive, check out the Leading the Horse to Water strategy in our Following Through Strategies course.