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November 3, 2009


Stop Holding Up My Project

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog.  Sorry about that….

Do you ever get extremely frustrated when you have to constantly follow up with the same person for information you’re waiting on?

Recently, I’ve been working on a project but I seem to be at a stand still because I am waiting for information and an update from others.  It’s frustrating!  To make matters even worse, I’ve been putting off this project, you can even say that yes, even I have been procrastinating, but now that I am all geared up and ready to go, the people that I have to rely on seem to be holding me up.  Why is it that some people are good at following through and others aren’t?

Well I truly believe that people genuinely intend to follow through.  Let’s take a look at this scenario…

You go to the doctor and he tells you that your blood pleasure is high, your cholesterol is off the charts, your family has a history of heart disease and you need to loose weight.  It’s a life and death situation.  So you stop at the bookstore on the way home, find the latest and greatest diet and decide that yes, tomorrow you are on your way to living a healthier life style.

Day one goes pretty well and you’re pretty proud of your success, day two’s not so bad, but then you hit day three.  You have a headache, you’re cranky, you’re tired and you throw in the towel.  On your way home from work you stop at your favorite fast food place, order that burger you’ve been craving, take that first bite, and let out that sigh of relief.

What happened?

Well let’s explore.  You’re brain is made up of 2 systems; you’re primitive guidance system (PGS) and your intellectual guidance system (IGS).  The PGS  has been around since day one and it will always trump the IGS, if you let it.  The key to following through is to have a constant reminder of what it is you are supposed to be doing, instead of what you are doing.  It’s called a cueing device.  Like your alarm clock.  When it goes off, it “cues” you into the fact that you have to get up.  Maybe in our above example, having a copy of the doctors report always with you, might help remind you of what it is you are supposed to be doing and why.

I sure wish the people that are holding up my project realize how frustrating it must be to me, and cue into the fact that I am still patiently awaiting forward progress.

Be someone who follows through.  Not only will you be more productive, but so will the people around you.

Follow through and have a productive week!

1 Comment
  1. Jan 13 2010

    Read your strategy on email, and will put to use today.

    Thanks for putting me on top of the wave, not under it!

    Teresa Vise
    Fultondale Chamber of Commerce

    Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals

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