Define Follow Through
When you tell yourself that you going to do something, like finally go to the gym this week and then push it off until you say:
“Mmmhmmm, maybe next week. The weather will be better by then.” What you are really saying is, “The benefit of working out in the future does not impact me enough where I would want to change today.”
Allow me to explain.
You are planning for your future self and your current self does not benefit from it.
We live in a society of instant gratification. One minute rice, instant oatmeal, 5 minute microwaveable cakes.
With faster food comes the desire to want everything else to work just as quick.
Your mind is accustomed to speedy results.
Follow through is prepping yourself to deal with the need for gratification in advance.
When you struggle with completing a task that has future implications, try making the task into a project that must be completed today.
So instead of the yard having to be free of leaves by the weekend, try to frame it as half of the yard needs to be free of leaves today. Making it more urgent and giving yourself quicker gratification.
Just something to think about.
PS. I will probably release a video on the topic this week. This feels like good material for a video. Stay tuned.