How good is your word?
That question has been racking my brain all week.
Leaders are followed and trusted because their “word is their bond.” Ironically, how good someone’s word is has nothing to do with words at all. We’ve all heard the cliché, actions speak louder than words, but I’ll go even further to say that our words can only speak through the merit of our actions. Without action, our words are simply noise.
Throughout my twenties I’ve been challenged more and more to hold true to my word, and reinforce its impact and value. As a “yes man” who hates disappointing people, I found myself degrading my word, spreading myself too thin, and not coming through on my commitments. There’s a world of possibilities at our doorsteps everyday, and it’s easy to over-commit to plans, favors, jobs, etc.
Over-committing, over promising, and under delivering; it all leads to more of the same. It’s truly a vicious cycle.
Do you find yourself giving a pinky promise or swearing upon something to drive home the authenticity of your oath? You’re not alone.
Maybe all we need to do is simplify. Maybe we can start by promising less, and delivering more. Let’s get back to our word just being our word, and having that count for something.
The more weight those words can carry, the greater impact we can have as leaders. You have my word.
Looking for more inspiration on staying the course? Take a look at Dom's post, The Marathon of Life and reflect on what it takes to stay focused for the long haul.