The Importance of Keeping Your Word
There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
If you tell someone that you are going to do something, they remember.
If you don’t do it, more than likely, you will still be friends, but your words will mean less.
Giving your word and then not following through does little but breaks trust.
Those with good intentions make promises, however, it is only those with good character who keep them.
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
There are of course exceptions to every rule.
If something were to come up (depending on what it is that came up and what it is that you promised), sometimes breaking your word is unavoidable.
If you MUST back out of any commitment, do so by giving the other person as much notice as possible.
So, the next time you’re in a situation where you give someone your word, think about what you’re committing yourself to, but also, if you’re able to follow through with the task at hand. Don’t say yes to something you know you can’t do and always think about how you can be the best example of a family member, friend, or co-worker.
Word gets around. If you wrong someone, chances are, others will hear the news and they will be “rubbed-the-wrong-way” by your actions. Remember, communities are small, and reputations last forever.
All in all, the goal is to keep your word and virtue as much as possible.
Everyone understands that things happen, but we earn respect from others when a noticeable effort to keep our commitments is shown.
“The number one way to impress me is by doing what you said you’ll do, and having a high level of consistency. That’s not hard to do. So if you can’t do something as simple as keeping your word, you can’t keep my attention.”