Do what you say you're going to do

May 12, 2016

Sometimes it’s hard for me to live up to the outlandish promises that I make for people. I’m not a people pleaser, I genuinely want to help people. But, sometimes I say I will do things that are really hard to complete and I don’t understand that going into it.

I tend to make a lot more promises than I should. That’s partly because I A: have a hard time saying no, and B: like to do things myself to make sure they are done right.

This often sets me back in a few ways. When I don’t complete a task that I say I will do, people are disappointed and don’t trust me as much. But often times, they feel bad because the task was crazy and they weren’t sure how I was going to get it done in the first place.

Either way, there is an element of trust that I lose when I don’t do what I say I am going to do, and that should change.

If I am going to work for myself, or lead a successful company, I can’t do everything. I need to delegate my tasks in a way that makes sense and allows me to complete the work that is most important and necessary for me.

This doesn’t mean I will stop doing crazy things. Rather, it’s a reminder to think twice about the promises I make so that I can always stick to my word. When I can do that, my word becomes more valuable and people will believe what I say.