When you tell someone you are going to do something, you’ve made a promise. Whether you use the word promise or not.
Have you ever meant to do something and forgotten? Have you given your word, only to bury your face in shame because you didn’t get to it in a timely manner, or worse yet, you didn’t do it at all?
I’ve been there too.
One of my secrets to success comes from keeping my word. I’ve learned to speak with intention, knowing it’s better not to make a promise than to make one and break it.
Can you imagine how different work might look if everyone paid attention to the promises they made and actually kept them? You do realize that setting an expectation is essentially making a promise, right? How do you feel when someone does it to you?
One of the easiest and fastest ways we can become successful in our work is to keep promises. I challenge you to move from being a promise-breaker to living as a promise-keeper. In my experience, paying attention to my own words and fulfilling the expectations I set makes all the difference. Let’s face it, words do matter.
Do you keep the promises you make, even when you don’t use the word?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of the soon-to-be released book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.