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We pretty love making promises! “I will…I shall…no big deal, I’ll show up in your birthday party…I’ll surely make it to the airport to bid you goodbye Next Tuesday…I’ll follow you on tweeter…” The promises are endless and we do this everyday…promises with no credits 🙂

Recently I checked on Tim Sanders book Today We Are Rich and couldn’t Imagine the harm we’re diving into by making a wrong promise-keeping ratio each day,often, at times, as though nothing wrong is cruising 🙂

Tim Affirms tha“Of all the values Billye holds, integrity is tops. “That’s all you’ve got in the end,” she told me once. She’s right, too. If you don’t respect yourself, you cannot maintain your confidence, regardless of how well you follow all the other principles in this book. Nothing will inform you as a person more than your actions, specifically your promise-keeping ratio during your life. It defines you as either a truth teller or a liar.”

How’s your promise-keeping ratio?

Following through on our commitments is *huge.*

The quickest way to stress ourselves out and erode the trust of those around us is to make a lot of promises you never fulfill.


Stephen Covey’s Habit #1 in his classic The 7 Habit’s of Highly Effective People is to “Be Proactive.” The most powerful indicator of whether you’re being proactive?

Per Covey: “The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity.”

So, let’s get REALLY aware of the commitments we’re making and ONLY make commitments we intend to honor.

Then, as Tim points out, we want to remember Norman Vincent Peale’s wisdom that“promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.”

Next time you make a promise see if you can carry it out at once.

P.S. Are there any promises you’ve made that you need to go carry out? Go ahead and rock that. Take care of that screaming baby. We’ll be here when you get back. 🙂



As always,Let’s Keep Optimizing and see you at the top where there’s enough room for everyone🙂


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