It’s safe to say that I have struggled in the category of follow through in my life. I’ve done much in my life to look a certain way. Most of my motivations in soccer was to be viewed a certain way. A lot of my motivation in education has been to be viewed a certain way. And lot of my motivation in relationships has been to be viewed a certain way. What happens when all your motivation is backed by the desire to look a certain way you end up struggling with truly following through with what you say your going to do. Have you had trouble with this? Have you set goals that you didn’t end up following through with? Have you cut corners because no one was looking? If were honest with ourselves we all have probably had trouble with this to a certain extent.
I don’t know about you but I am tired of trying to look a certain way and am ready to be what I say I am and do what I say I am going to do, are you with me? I flirted with this idea in 2017. I followed through with more than I ever have in life but know that I was only scratching the surface. When I look around me, I see a lot of people attempting to look like they are working hard. I see a lot of people putting on a front of looking like something but when you get to the core they really aren’t that thing they are portraying. Ultimately what determines who you are is what you do when no one is looking or watching. Are you going to the library for six hours, taking an Instagram story saying “look how hard I am studying” when in reality you spent five of those six hours cruising social media, texting people, talking on the phone? Are you going to the practice field so you can take a picture and post it so the rest of the world can see when you know in reality you didn’t do much of anything. Im not judging you, because I’ve done all of this before.
If I learned one thing in 2017 its that I love real, truth, and honesty and I hate BS. I don’t care what the truth is, I just want to know what it is. What I have found is that the truth can be hard and tough however it is liberating and empowering. I don’t want to live in a facade created to look a certain way because in the end it leaves me empty and unfulfilled. I want to take the time to respond to that person on Instagram that needs help, even though no one would know if I didn’t respond, because thats me following through with being who I say I am. I want to work out when no one is looking because thats me following through with what I said I am going to do. Ultimately what we are doing in private will reveal itself in public.
I want to encourage you to not only set goals for yourself, and proclaim those goals, but to follow through. Don’t do it for anyone else but yourself. Do it because thats you living an honest, truthful and real life.