“When you don’t keep your word, you lose credibility.” – Robin Sharma.
Whether it comes to business or your personal life, there is something to be said about those who are able to keep their word. We live in a world where empty promises and consequently disappointment, are far too frequent of an occurrence.
The moment you start to follow through with the agreements you make to others and to yourself, is the moment you start to see yourself as someone who honours their word. And that is what creates true self-confidence.
There are a few factors to consider when it comes to becoming a woman of your word:
Doing what you say you’re going to do is incredibly important if you want to be seen as someone who honours their word:
These may seem like really obvious commitments, however many people say yes to something, and when the time comes they don’t follow through. Of course there are always exceptions to this, such as being called in to deal with an emergency. However, if you want to be seen as someone who keeps their word, you simply need to show up and do what you say you’re going to do.
Whilst it’s important to follow through on the things you say you’re going to do, it’s equally important to learn how to say no. When you say yes to something, you should say yes because you want to, not because you feel obliged. For example, if someone asks you to be a guest speaker at an event, however your heart is not in it, you should say no – not say yes, and then pull out at the last minute. If a distant friend invites you to their birthday party and you don’t want to go, you should politely decline, rather than say yes and not show up on the night.
Saying no is not always easy as you don’t want to disappoint others. However, it’s important to know that giving someone false hope by saying yes, however not showing up or cancelling at the eleventh hour, is even more disappointing. Be upfront about your intentions. If something doesn’t feel right for you, respectfully decline. There is nothing worse than being that person who overcommits and under-delivers.
Being a woman of your word means being someone who owns your actions. If you make a mistake, own up to it. If you did something that upset another person, apologise. When you’ve made a bad decision, learn from it.
Be someone who is known for owning their actions and their decisions. Owning actions builds character and helps you to become a woman of your word.
What are some of the things you do to be known as someone who honours their word? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below!
Great post. Being a woman of your own word is so important. You look horrible and unreliable when you don’t keep your word. I honestly can’t stand those type of people. Under promise and over deliver… you will get further in life and your career when you keep your word.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Jen! It really is – especially when it comes to integrity. And I absolutely agree with taking that approach!