How easy it is for one to commit to a task and then bail out once they find it is no longer convenient. How often have you put yourself forward without much thought then backtrack on realising just how much of yourself you will have to give? Have you attended a networking event, got a little carried away and signed yourself up to something you either have little interest in or you do not know enough about?
In order to be taken seriously and walk with integrity, you must deliver what you say you will unless of course there are circumstances in which you have absolutely no control over. People will regard and respect you when they know they can rely on you once you have given your word. In an organisation, it is highly likely that officers who “get the job done” are the first port of call when a task is required. In the long run they may well do more than their colleagues but they will be recognised as being a team player and more likely to be considered for promotion and further development.
In our busy world, people tend to want answers quickly in order to move forward, however you have the right to give thought to a request before signing up to anything. In fact, going away and pondering over a new venture, a favour, a task puts you in better stead than the person who hastily says yes. Saying yes is pointless unless you are going to follow the task through until the end. Saying yes and failing to deliver is just giving others empty promises.
As a parent you must remain consistent, however hard it may be. If you tell your children they cannot play with a toy, watch a programme, eat a particular snack then you need to stick with this. My children are both strong willed – still trying to identify where they inherited this from! There have been occasions I have given in (I know, I know), in order to have peace and due to feeling utterly exhausted. I soon realised I was making a rod for my own back. Whatever you do not address now will continue to rear its ugly head until you do.
I have listed a few tips below on how to remain consistent;
1. Aim to follow through whatever you say you will. If for any reason you cannot, inform the other person in good time, explaining why.
2. Give time to consider what to commit to and what not to commit to. Not everything that presents itself well is right for you.
3. Refrain from speaking out in haste and having to retract your words at a later date.
What are your personal experiences on this subject?
How do you ensure you keep your word?
How do you deal with others who do not keep their word?