Ever thought of running your own business?
Have you wondered who you might go into a partnership with?
If you have, then here is one clinching factor that always seems to determine whether or not I end up with them.
Do what you said you were going to do. Always.
I find that those who value that principle are of a rare breed. Today's generation tends to make excuses, show up late and delay work. Some people promise the world and never follow through. I'm guilty of it sometimes too. Some of us say we'll be there and never make it. This isn't supposed to be a depressing article about how unreliable we are, it's a challenge for us to become more reliable.
If you're watching what you say because you know you will be held accountable, it's a lot easier to underpromise what you're going to do, and then overdeliver/exceed other people's expectations. This is, of course, in direct contrast to people who over-promise and under deliver.
We find that the biggest reason we don't do what we say we are going to do is because we don't feel like it. Doing a project can be pushed off by choosing to go to a party or choosing to stay at home to watch tv. Relationships and friendships can be moved to the forefront over work or school because it's the easy way out.
Albert Gray said it best: "The most successful people form the habits of doing the things that unsuccessful people don't like to do."
Having a person who sticks to their commitments is one of the strongest assets you can have on any team, whether it's work, sports or school group projects.
The question then, is the following:
Do you always do what you said you were going to do?
A blog on my continuing journey through life, covering self-development and success strategies, but also personal reflection.