Do what you say you’re going to do

It’s easy for us to lose focus when we have so much going on all around us. We set lofty goals, new resolutions and start well. And then we lose track of what we set out to achieve. But more importantly I think it’s important to do what you say you will do even with the daily tasks at work or at home. Do you mean what you say? Do you say you will do something and then not do it?

I’m sure we all experience this often. Someone says they will call and they don’t. Someone says they will follow through on a project and they don’t. Someone says they will get something important finished by a particular time and they don’t. How do you feel about someone who says they will do something and they don’t do it?

Here are 3 reasons to do what you say you’re going to do.

  1. Integrity
    For me, doing what I say I will do is a matter of integrity. I wouldn’t feel good about myself if I didn’t keep my word. My word means something to me — I do not take it lightly. If your keeping your word doesn’t mean much to you, why is that?
  2. Trust & Reliability
    If someone lets you down a number of times, then you know they are not reliable. I find that this limits my desire to spend time with them, which is sometimes sad, but I have learned to accept that I cannot trust them to follow through on what they say they are going to do. Friendships and deeply connected relationships thrive on trust.
  3. Self-worth
    We cannot feel worthy when we let ourselves down by letting others down. People who renege on their word do not value themselves enough to act with integrity. Are you kidding yourself that you can feel inwardly worthy when you don’t keep your commitments? Self-worth is the result of treating ourselves and others with caring and respect.

We are all human.  We make mistakes.  We forget.  We fail.  The point here is to not make this a habit.  If you’re known as someone who doesn’t meet promises and expectations, you will face consequences.  Strive to be someone of your word.  Especially when it’s a “small thing,” make sure you do it.  After all, if you fail at the “little stuff,” no one will trust you with the “big stuff.”

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