Many believe that, in order to survive in this competitive world, it’s necessary to lie, say half-truths, break contracts, and leave people hanging. They don’t pay much attention to keeping their word, and ever since excuses rolled around, everyone has the potential to look good.
However, those who reason this way have a pretty limited mindset. In the long run, these habits give you the reputation of someone who is irresponsible, insensitive and deceitful. The truth is that this won’t help you in any area of your life, whether professional, social or family-related.
Your word defines you
There’s nothing that grants a person more dignity than honesty.
A great deal of broken promises originate in situations in which you are pressured to say “yes.” The first step towards honesty is learning to say “no.” How can this be? Well, it may be that you feel embarrassed to say: “I don’t understand,” “I don’t know very much about this topic,” “I don’t think I can get it done by that date,” or “I won’t be able to meet that schedule or quota.”
However, even if this isn’t exactly what your boss, your client or your co-worker wants to hear, they will undoubtedly appreciate it more than if you say: “Yes, of course” and fail to follow through.
Besides, if you keep your word, they will have a positive image of you. Many people and companies are willing to provide training or even a longer timeline with which to work, as long as they know they’re working with an honorable person.
They may not hire you for this job or event, but in the future, when they need a person they can trust, they’ll come to you. However, in order to make this work, you will need to have two more virtues which are also pretty scarce: humility and modesty.