YOUR WORD: Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you meant what you promised. Silly me!

I shouldn’t be surprised when a friend, business owner or peer approaches, asks for time together, and then backs out for legitimate reasons or simply flakes out at the last minute … but I am.

Do you keep your word? Or, do you commit to something then back out?

I am a woman of my word. If I say I’ll be there, barring some unexpected circumstance, I show up. Even if it’s difficult, hurts, or becomes inconvenient … I still show up.

Why? Because it’s important. Why is it important to keep your word?

It builds trust

The only thing you can give and keep at the same time is your word. You want to trust others when they give you their word, and they feel the same about you.

It’s better to say, “No”

If you don’t really want to do something … say, “No.” Breaking your word is much worse and essentially dishonest.


You lose respect for those whose word doesn’t mean anything, don’t you? Remember, the same applies to how others view you when you give your word.

It feels great to discover someone is trustworthy. Be that person.

Zig Ziglar’s quote sums up how inexpensive giving and keeping your word is and says, “Among the things you can still give and keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”

Your relationships grow deeper when someone learns you can be trusted. Build trust, be dependable, and honor your word.

Growing together,

#FITSuccessTip: When you give someone the gift of keeping your word, you are demonstrating their value to you.

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