8 Sep 2010
Yesterday I was listening to a audio clip from Zig Ziglar on keeping your word. Something Zig said during the talk was “If your word is no good you are no good.” When I first heard that I thought it was a little harsh, but after I thought about it a bit I realized he was right on.
The only thing we are known for in this world is our character and part of character, actually the biggest part, is your “word.”
We have all met someone who did not keep a promise right? How did that make you feel about them? Now I am not talking about those who have good intent who miss a deadline due to extenuating circumstances, I am talking about those people who continually do not keep their word, their promise or their commitments.
We Want To Be Trusted
The reason I ask you how it made you feel about the person who basically let you down is I want you to ask yourself if you want others to feel that way about you? Chances are the answer is no. We all want to be trusted. We want to be known as someone who has a good character, a person with good qualities. To be known as a person like this you must be able to keep your word.
Do you know anyone who continually does not keep their word, promise or commitment? They do not put a value on their own word. These people usually do not have many friends or are unable to keep friends. Many are divorced as they did not keep their word to their spouse. Many are unable to hold a job, why because they come in late or not at all, yes, that is also part of keeping your word.
Words are powerful. Words make a dramatic difference in your life and the lives of those around you. Words can be used as a weapon or as a blanket of comfort. Words can be used in love or as emotional abuse.
Friends, please think twice before you speak your words. If you make a promise to someone keep that promise, if you can’t keep that promise explain why as well as when the promise will be kept. It will create a level of trust between you and the other person.
Turn Things Around
If you are a person who has been known as someone who doesn’t keep your word or your commitments, known as someone who can not be trusted, you can turn things around if you want to. It may take time but if you are willing and consistent you can become a person whose word is your bond. How you ask? Simply by keeping your word. It will be a new language for you, but if you want to be known as a person keeps their word, start by meaning what you say, and saying what you mean – keep your word.
Keeping your word is a direct reflection on your character. Words are not just something to say, they are a representation of what is in your heart and your mind.