Do you ever say you’re going to do something and then “I’ll do it later” becomes never getting around to it? If you’re like most people, you do this in small ways throughout your life and while often unintentional- it comes at a surprisingly significant cost.
- You tell somebody you’ll call them later and then you don’t.
- You put an item on your daily to-do list and don’t complete it.
- You commit to doing something for someone else and don’t follow through.
All of this might seem harmless done once or twice. But little things done repeatedly have a big impact on our lives. Every time you don’t honor a commitment that you’ve made to yourself or someone else, it’s a message to your subconscious mind and to the world around you that what you say can’t be trusted, that your word doesn’t mean much. It prevents you from achieving your goals and eventually causes people not to trust you or think you’re full of shit. And just as bad- you lose respect for yourself.
On the other hand, honoring your commitments gives the words that come out of your mouth power. They actually mean something. Honoring your commitments can simply be defined as follows:
You do what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it. Despite its simplicity, there’s great power to be found in honoring your commitments.
It’s important to establish your word as law unto yourself and others, because that in itself becomes an affirmation of your ever-developing authority over ego. – Stuart Wilde
Like anything else in life, this takes practice. You will always have times when you are not able to be impeccable with your word. But as the words that come out of your mouth and physical reality start to align, you tap into the power to speak things into existence. You start to take control of designing your life.
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