Over the course of the past two years I’ve done a lot of work on who I am as a business owner and even more work on who I am as a person. One of the most important shifts that I’ve been striving to make is being more intentional with the words that I use and the promises that I make. The goal is to under promise and over deliver; let me explain.
The Sad Truth
If you can be kind to people, follow through with your word and work hard (most of the time). You’re in the top 1% of all performers because the bar for being extraordinary is very low. Doing the right things on a consistent basis will set you apart. It’s been said (Orrin Woodward) that “people will follow you when you build the character to follow through.”
The biggest struggle that I’ve experienced (on the receiving end of relationships) is people not keeping their word – lacking follow through; committing but not completing – starting but not finishing. Following through feels like a lost are and one that I (we) need to double down on. It’s been said (Ralph Waldo Emerson) that “good thoughts are no better than good dreams if you don’t follow through.”
The Recipe: UPOD
Keeping promises (doing what you said you would do) is at the core of cultivating confidence and building trust. That goes for our external relationships and our internal relationship; the one we have with ourselves. Keeping our word means being selective with “yes” and more intentional with “no.” Following through on our commitments is the ultimate show of respect and the opposite is, well….
I’m not perfect (none of us are), but I couldn’t feel more strongly about this topic. It’s something that I’ll work on for the rest of my life and I hope that you’ll consider doing the same. If I couldn’t convince you, please let this…
Go follow through.
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