This post was inspired by a recent Get It Done Guy podcast on procrastination, found here.
We all know how important it is to keep promises we have made. By keeping our word, we:
- Build trust that we will do what we say
- Let the other person know they are as important to us as other people and activities
- Focus our attention on what we say and do and on the person who is promised
Many of us make a point to not promise if we cannot deliver; and we take pride in our ability to carry through on our promises.
But do we hold ourselves to the same standard when making promises to ourselves?
I will not give my daughter a promise unless I am sure it will happen. I am very careful not to erode the trust she has in me.
Yet, I will nag myself into starting a task, telling myself that I can stop after 10 minutes….and then force myself to keep going after the promised time. Is it any wonder that I have stronger resistance the next time? I don’t trust myself to keep my word to myself.
What are some of the areas we may break promises to ourselves?
- Changing habits
- The snooze button
- The list goes on…
What promises do you make to yourself that you regularly don’t keep? What are the consequences to yourself? Share below.
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