I think following-up, consistently, and in all different areas of our lives, is one of the most important things to learn and master.
Because starting something is relatively easy...
You meet a new person and strike up a conversation.
You begin a new project and send out some requests.
You try out a new type of sport with a group of friends.
Doing something once is easy.
But what happens most of the time?
Things simply die ... without follow-up.
The new acquaintance is lost if you don't follow up and meet again.
The new project doesn't go anywhere if you don't follow up, keep people excited, and push it forward.
The new sport routine stops if you don't follow up and motivate your friends to join.
You might say ... why do I have to be the one to follow-up?
There's always another person on the other end. Why can't they be the one to reach out?
I think that's flawed thinking.
What do YOU want? Do you want this to keep going in the right direction? Do you want this to be a success? Do you want to see this person again?
If yes is the answer, then it's your turn to follow-up!