One of the key factors for success in life is our ability to deliver on the promises we make. Do you honour your commitments and appointments? Do you do what you say you will do? Do you show that you not only value yourself, but other people and their time? Are you reliable?
When you make an appointment or tell someone that you will do something, do you deliver on that promise, that commitment? Do you take action when you said you would? If not, why not? The reasons you give, justifications you make (that is if you can be bothered to do so) are irrelevant if you don’t keep your word. By displaying this behaviour we are showing a lack of respect not just for ourselves but for the person we are interacting with. We open the door to being seen as unreliable and untrustworthy. Neither are good for our success.
Over the last few years in business I have worked on the principle of under promise and over deliver. I have prided myself on not missing appointments, not keeping a client waiting or letting a friend or loved one down.
When I was working as a senior executive, I was always known and relied upon for delivering on time and doing what I said I would do. Delivering on promises delivers on the bottom line, I am not just talking financially! Be dependable and you will get more out of your life.
It really is simple – how do you want to be known and remembered? Do you want to be dependable or replaceable? Deliver on the promises you make or stop making promises.