How many times last week did someone tell you one thing — and, then, did something entirely different?
Have you ever made plans with someone, who at the last minute changed their mind and did not participate?
Why is it essential to say what we believe and believe what we say?
Reputation is what others think about us. Character is who we truly are — at the core. Sterling qualities of these attributes are nurtured into existence as a result of consistency in word and deed.
John Wooden in his book, The Wisdom of Wooden, shares with us what his father shared with him.
Two Sets of Three
1.) Never lie.
2.) Never cheat.
3.) Never steal.
1.) Don’t whine.
2.) Don’t complain.
3.) Don’t make excuses.
Words, if inconsistent with actions, are blatantly misleading. Recipients of this deceit are cheated out of belief. The most precious of resources — Time — is stolen.
As a result, the cover-up is camouflaged with a combination of whining, complaining, and excuse making.
Take a few moments to imagine a world in which individuals are careful with their commitments.
By default, commitment is entirely void of one word — Maybe.
In fact, commitment is either — This or That.
Just say a simple, “Yes, I will.” — or, “No, I won’t.”
Then, after giving our word — one way or the other — just, “Do it.”
The only downside risk of doing what we say is that the Drama Kings and Queens will need to find another venue for their acting. Because, if we desire a pleasant diversion from reality, we’ll attend the theatre, or go to a movie.
Honesty in thought and action is a prerequisite for building trust and respect.
Straight talk — and, a straight walk — lead straight to dynamic relationships!