Keep Your Word

I don’t like to lie. Obviously I do, as does everybody. Sometimes people force you into corners. Sometimes it’s none of their business. Sometimes we’re insecure. Sometimes, we’re just not as honest and ideal as we’d like to be. We all lie. I just don’t like to.

Sometimes I lie without being intentional about it. Not in the sense that I think I know something when I don’t. I mean in the sense that I say I’m going to do something and then I don’t. It could be because I forget. It could be because I don’t have the skill level. One way or another, even though I had the best intention of doing what I said I was going to do, I don’t follow through.

It may not matter at times. If you say you’ll be there in 10 and show up in 9 or 11 minutes, nothing is going to happen.

But if you always say you’re going to call and you don’t, that’s an issue. If you say you’ll get something done right away and you don’t, it’s a problem. When people trust you and are counting on you, and you don’t deliver, that’s a problem.

It’s also a problem for yourself. I said I was going to bed at 11. It’s still 11:15. Yes , something did come up and I wasn’t partying or whatever. I was getting work done. But it still means I can’t count on myself to do what I said I was going to do.

A big takeaway is this: put an effort into saying you’ll do things you can and will, and put a lot of effort into doing things you said you’ll do. As a quick reminder, make sure you say you’ll do things you can control; say you’ll do things within your circle of influence.

Keep your word, and be consistent. Great athletes are great not because they sometimes do amazing things. They’re great because they always perform. Great musicians always perform well live. McDonald’s always delivers the right burger. Your TV works every time you turn it on. Would you still have them around if they didn’t?

Keep your word, whatever it takes.

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