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Those of us who spent our youthful years playing sports have surely heard a coach or two say “FOLLOW THROUGH!” Whether we were playing baseball, following through after hitting a pitch, continuing the swing of a golf club after striking the ball off the tee or trying to perfect the spin when passing a football, a key part to being successful was how well we followed through. While we probably didn’t realize it at the time, with those two words, our coaches were teaching us a lifelong lesson and sharing the key to being successful in everything we do.

We are all leaders in one capacity or another, the degree to which we are able to consistently follow through on our goals, commitments and tasks will ultimately determine just how successful we become. While it is often easier said than done and requires a certain level of self-discipline, the process of following through is the best way to ensure we see our goals, commitments and tasks to their conclusion.

In leading ourselves and others it is important to understand following through is only one part of our responsibility, following up being the second part. Following through and following up are two sides of the same coin. Although the concept of following through may seem different from the concept of following up, they are in fact very closely related. Following through helps us as individuals reach our goals and be successful, following up helps those we lead reach their goals and be successful. Following through helps us and those we lead stay on track in the moment or immediate future. Following up helps ensure we and those we lead remain on track and stay on track until reaching our intended outcome. Following through builds trust in ourselves but also those who we’ve made commitments to. Following up demonstrates the long term commitment to the successful outcomes of our own objectives and those of the people we lead.

John Maxwell
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In the world today, we’re drowning in information, but starving for wisdom. While the tools we use in our daily lives continue to change with advances in technology, the principles of success remain the same. In this episode, Brian introduces us to “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale, which was the first spoken word recording to sell more than a million copies. Earl explains how your thoughts determine your success, particularly if paired with a goal. You’ll learn why only 5 percent of people succeed, ways to overcome the plateau of security and how to put what you’ve learned into action in 30 days. By the end of the episode, you’ll be ready to harness your thoughts and change them for good.


Success will always be measured by the quality and quantity of the service you render. No person can become rich without enriching others first. You will always get back what you put out.

6 steps to reaching success

1. Set yourself a definite goal

2. Quit running yourself down

3. Don’t think about why you can’t be successful, think about why you can be

4. Trace your attitudes

5. Write down what type of person you want to become

6. Act the part you want to become

Have the courage to change and pay the price of becoming the person you want to be, it’s not nearly as difficult as living an unsuccessful life. We can change our life by changing our attitude.

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If you flip through the pages of history you will find a common thread between great leaders, they all held a deep appreciation towards solitude and personal reflection. From Marcus Aurelius’ meditations in stoicism, to Abraham Lincolns’ journal writings on his leadership to the Dalai Lamas’ wisdom teachings, solitude and personal reflection provided them with the means for growing beyond what they were and into the great leaders they became. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way society began to devalue, diminish, and forget the importance of finding time for solitude and reflection.

We live in a world which is constantly begging for our attention. The human brain is unbelievably powerful, extremely complex but at times easily overwhelmed and over stimulated by the never-ending onslaught of information from the world around us. Research has shown that in order to accurately learn from our experiences our brains need time to interpret, analyze, and store our experiences. The brain is only able to perform these processes at an effective level when we take time away from the information overload created by our environment and find solitude. 


"Follow effective action with quiet reflection.

From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." - Peter Drucker


Solitude is defined as “the subjective state of mind, in which isolated from input from other minds, works through an issue on its own.” We are all unique, and as so, each of us will find our own unique way of experiencing solitude which enables us to reflect. Personally, I find solitude through nature and music. I’ve always found great inner peace and calming from watching the sunrise or set from top of a mountain or when sitting on the beach. These experiences of solitude provide me with a greater ability to reflect on my life, choices, leadership and learn from my experiences. Others find solitude and time to reflect while driving, exercising, listening to music, and the list goes on. To find what works best for you, experiment, be open-minded, and explore for new areas of solitude. Reflect with curiosity, ask yourself questions, be honest with yourself, look for the meaning of your experiences and conceptualize the lessons you’ve learned. 

To grow personally and continue on the path of becoming a great leader we must know why we are who we are. Being self-aware and learning from our experiences, thoughts, challenges, triumphs and defeats illuminates the path for becoming more tomorrow than we are today. In the words of Steve Jobs “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” If we do not take the time to look backwards, we may never be able to connect the dots.

Written by:

RJ Ulrich, Founder Eudimonia

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