Skill 21. Keeping Your Promises

   Is your word good? In other words, when you make a promise do you keep it? Are you the kind of man people trust?

Do you keep your promises? If you’re always arriving late to appointments, asking for extensions on due dates, not showing to friend’s music recital, or forgetting to bring what you were assigned, then you’re the kind of guy who doesn’t keep his promises.

It’s been said that, “A good name is better than silver and gold.” Your reputation far outweighs the content of your wallet. Here are three things you can do to improve your promise keeping:

First, Think before you make a promise. Consider the effort and obligation each promise requires before saying yes.

Second, Man Up. Maybe this is the season of your life when you transition from an undependable, selfish little-crap adolescent to a mature man who keeps his word. Suck it up and just do it. Keep your word.

Third, Buy A Calendar and Wristwatch. Write things down on the calendar and review your next day’s tasks the night before. Make a 3×5 inch daily “To Do List” each night for the following day and use it. And wear a wristwatch as a constant physical reminder of your promises to others. Be a man of your word.

Now return to the world and keep the promises you make.


Strength and honor.