My family and I will be relocating to Canada in about 3 weeks, and it is an incredible and bittersweet time for us. In the process of selling stuff, renting our property, sorting out odds and ends I’ve had to interact with quite a number of people, more than I would normally do in such a short space of time.
And in the process I’ve observed that there are 2 types of people – those that say they will do something, and they do it, and those that say they will do something and they don’t.
Because I believe in promoting what I love, I’m going to talk about the trait possessed by the 2nd group – the ability to follow through with their commitments, and what it can do for your business/life.
Please note that I’m not calling for perfection or for us to say yes to everything, but what I’m saying is that if you said you are going to do something, do it, and if you can’t follow through for whatever reason, communicate.
Here are some ways that being a person that follows through with your commitments can help you.
Shawn Bolz said that we cannot influence what we don’t love. We live in an era where influence is a huge buzz word, and everyone craves it. There’s even a job title called ‘influencer’ 🙂 Being a person that follows through with your word will give you influence over people because they will trust you, and if you are in business, they will trust your work/product.
When everyone is busy building brands and platforms, be committed to doing only which you set out to do, and doing it well. People just want to be able to trust you, simple.
“God gives favor through other people, and the way you become an easy target for favor is by working with excellence.”
– Caleb Anderson, Favour with Kings.
If you are someone that keeps their end of the bargain, no matter how much it inconveniences you, you will gain favor with God, and in turn, with people. Because truthfully, it is inconvenient at times to follow through with commitments. Showing up at church every Sunday, being on time, delivering when you said you’d deliver, paying when you said you’d pay – sometimes it’s not fun, and it would be easier to choose the easier way out. But committing, and doing what you are committed to doing, and executing it well, will grant you favor quickly with people, opening doors that you would have never been able to have access to.
About 3 years ago I committed to taking better care of my physical body by working out consistently (I didn’t say every day, lol), watching what I eat, and just leading a wholesome life. And then last year, I lost all the baby fat and was in the best physical shape and size I wanted to be in. When this happened, something in me clicked – I realized that I could REALLY achieve anything that I set my mind to and committed to. So, following through with your commitments can boost your confidence because you will see that it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossible. And the more hard things you do, the more you stop giving up on yourself, the more confidence you’ll build.
So, following through with your commitments can boost your confidence because you will see that it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossible. And the more hard things you do, the more you stop giving up on yourself, the more confidence you’ll build.
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““Staying on the treadmill is one thing, and I do think it’s related to staying true to our commitments even when we’re not comfortable. But getting back on the treadmill the next day, eager to try again, is in my view even more reflective of grit. Because when you don’t come back the next day—when you permanently turn your back on a commitment—your effort plummets to zero. As a consequence, your skills stop improving, and at the same time, you stop producing anything with whatever skills you have.”
These are the top things that commitment can do for you. And you know what the beauty of this is? Anyone can practice it, it’s not a skill for special people only.
Now your turn: do an audit of your life – career, relationships, and business. What areas can you commit better on? Let me know in comments, I would love to encourage you!