It is important to shape your commitments because so many people depend upon them. Make a habit of honoring your word, no matter how big or small the commitment may seem. Do not offer false commitments to tell others what you think they want to hear. It is more important to stay true to yourself and your word. You can take pride in being known as someone who is dependable and respectful of other people’s time.
People with good intentions make promises; people with good character keep them…
People trust you to be honest and realistic about what you can give, do, and achieve. Keep your work up to date, your projects completed on time, and attend all meetings punctually. Come prepared to your meetings and be fully present with others, devoting your full attention. Develop a clear understanding of your responsibilities to others.
Be determined to keep your promises with your family
The workplace is not the only place where people are depending on you. Keep commitments made to family and loved ones, too. They rely on your attention, guidance, and love to support them throughout life. Deal with others’ hearts judiciously to avoid trampling on the feelings of others or letting them down. Your competence to keep promises will develop faith and confidence in your relationships.
Live with intergrity
To avoid broken promises:
- Know that saying you are going to do something is not the same as actually doing it.
- Schedule all the promises you make, keeping track in a calendar or agenda book.
- Take time making decisions. Learn to say “I’ll think about it”, “I’ll let you know,” or simply “No.”
- Ask questions to clarify what a person is asking of you before you agree to commit.
- Communicate early if you foresee a problem delivering on your promises.
- Prepare everything you need to leave the house the night before and allow double the travel time.
- Make effort to know yourself, to be aware of subconscious motivations and hidden ambivalence.
- What is the best way to honor my commitments personally and professionally?
- What are the best ways to remind myself of the commitments I’ve made?
- How can I be more punctual and prepared in my appointments with others?
Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are grappling with your established business and laboring with lackluster sales, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach.
This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 21.5% or more.
Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.