Keep a Promise to Yourself
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep. —Robert Frost
Do you keep your promises?
Kept promises inspire people to invest in us. When we keep promises, folks we work with are never left wondering. They’re sure that we’re solid, true, and worth betting on. They have confidence in us and in what we say.
A promise is a commitment. It’s my word. It’s my bond. I make good on my promises. Broken promises break relationships. Kept promises seal them.
What happens when I break a promise to myself?
Suppose I plan to get something done, then decide “Aw, that can wait.” What’s the impact? How do I respond when I don’t follow through? I’ve been watching, and it’s a bigger hit than I want to take.
When I back out of a plan with myself, it’s the same as breaking a promise with someone else. I know that I didn’t do what I said I would. I lose credibility — with myself. When I do what I plan, I feel credible, capable, and confident. I know I am who I say I am.
I’m making more promises to myself and keeping them. My confidence grows with each one. Other people have started to notice.
We build confidence by keeping promises.
What promise to yourself will you make and keep today?