Do you have that one friend that always offers the world and then delivers nothing? Don’t you hate it when you receive an amazing offer and then there’s no follow up? Don’t you wish more people kept their promises?
This is what I wanted to discuss today. I hate when someone doesn’t take a promise seriously. If you say you’re going to do something then you better do it. Unless you have a really good excuse. Empty promises will just make you look bad.
What’s the importance of always delivering?
If you always deliver, the people around you will rely on you. This applies to your family, friends, clients, online friends, readers, and business partners. When you don’t follow up or deliver as promised people will learn to not rely on you. When people don’t rely on you, they won’t take you seriously. I’ve noticed over the years how people come to this site because they rely on Mike to share real tips from growing his business. Once people rely on you, they’ll start to promote you. Then you slowly become more reliable over time. This is extremely beneficial to real life and business.
Once people rely on you they’ll eventually start to build trust with you. Trust is a unique connection. When trust is involved people listen to what you have to say. When it comes to friends, I only consider those that I trust to be great friends. When it comes to business, I only buy from those that I truly trust. I trust Ramit Sethi of IWTYTBR. Whenever he releases a new post or a new product I listen because he’s built up a solid reputation over the past few years. Trusted people will always benefit in the long run.
It seems like most perceived experts on certain topics are people that we trust and can rely on. I know that if I want to learn anything about making money online I can trust Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. His posts are reliable and I trust that he’ll be honest with everything that puts up. Once you become the most trusted and reliable source of information in a particular niche it seems like you’re bound to become an expert in no time.
Now that we understand the importance of always delivering, let’s look at the other side. What can happen when you don’t deliver? What if you give an empty promise by accident?
How can you consider someone a good friend if you can’t trust them? When you don’t deliver you become inconsistent. At that point you might start losing friends. Nobody wants to associate with someone that builds up a reputation for being unreliable.
Your readers/clients will eventually notice when you make empty promises. I’ve been guilty of this before. Sometimes I get too excited and put more on my plate then I could handle by any means. When you don’t deliver what you promise you’ll eventually lose clients and even readers on your blog.
If you’ve seen the movie Scarface you know how much importance is placed on your word. Your word becomes worthless when you give it and don’t deliver. Would you be okay knowing that people don’t take your word seriously?
At the end of the day I believe in always offering and delivering quality work. This doesn’t matter what you’re doing.You can benefit from delivering (and over-delivering) in every area of your life. Your friends will appreciate you more because they know that they can rely on you. Your co-workers will want to associate with you because they trust you. Potential clients will likely buy from you because they know that you’re consistent with delivering on your promises.
Have you guys ever stopped following someone or lost a friend because they didn’t deliver on their promises? Have you ever messed up yourself in this area?
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