CHAPTER 10Sustaining Strengths

Building Follow-Through into Your Development Plan

Another key to success in developing a strength is extensive follow-through. People don’t win the 100-yard dash by running extremely well for 50 yards and then coasting. What do we know about creating sustainability and follow-through?

Formula for Sustainability

Let us propose a formula:

Sustainability = learner’s motivation × clarity ofthe goal × support from others × opportunitiesfor practice × measurement of progress

We have deliberately placed multiplication symbols between each of the elements. This means that if any one of these elements is a zero, the outcome, no matter how large the other elements, will be zero.

Let’s review each of the components to understand ...

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