My coaching client thought something was wrong with him because he wouldn’t follow through on his agreements.

And then he finally gave himself a challenge that mattered. He followed through. And now he sees that there’s nothing wrong.

It’s like the pro that’s used to playing on Sunday afternoons. He isn’t going to get fired up for a pickup game at Tommy’s house after school. He doesn’t care because it doesn’t really matter.

If you’re not following through you’re probably bored or afraid of being uncomfortable. (Let’s face it — there’s always going to be a part of us that only wants to sit on the couch and watch House of Cards.)

If you want to follow through then increase the challenge. It sounds counterintuitive but creating some discomfort works.

Putting some skin in the game makes your efforts matter. It makes it more fun, too.

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