“People with good intentions make promises.
People with good character keep them.”
As defined by the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, a promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. No matter our age or circumstances, that is the basic truth.
Promises are steeped in a fundamental hunger for something different. It’s what we proclaim we are ready for and capable of delivering. Whether declared in a spoken agreement or silently decided, we are reaching for hope and emotional relief and our promises are the very way we put our skin in a game we want to play.
While others may judge us on our ability to keep our promises, what is most significant is recognizing that we intensely judge ourselves and our future successes based on our ability to stay the course and honor our word.
Promises are packed with personal power and potential and here’s how you make them count.
Think before you commit.
Take a breath! Whether speaking to yourself or others, remember that your oath has dominion over your ego; timing, priorities and passion for the promise and its results have to be part of the equation.
Consider what you can and can’t do.
Be selective! Promising because it really matters to you as you stand in your power (rather than try to please someone else) is critical and makes it easier to fulfill with a greater chance of success. Don’t sell yourself out, consider the cost and the payoff before you pledge.
Take your promises seriously.
Someone (maybe even you!) is counting on the impact of your vow. Recognize your promise is all about cause and effect, new outcomes, building belief in yourself and learning to avoid familiar patterns and self-sabotaging distractions.
Make a serious effort and a plan.
Testing your grit is where your authentic power is. Nothing pays off like persistence especially when combined with a strategy, solution-based mindset and eye on the desired outcome to keep on track with a professed pledge. Stay the course.
So, make ‘em and keep ‘em! Fulfilling your promises and honoring your word speaks energetic volumes and is the best way to build self-confidence, foster trust, and grow an influential integrity level with yourself and others.
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