Because He Said He Would

Came across this article in one of my subscriptions.  I guess this one is so good to share… just read through and you’ll know why.

It was a family get-together a few years ago, and in my absence my family began to speculate if I was going to show up.  Some said “Probably.”  Others didn’t think so.  Then my aunt chimed in, “He’ll be here.”  Everyone turned and looked at my aunt because of her matter-of-fact tone.  My grandmother sad, “How did you know that?”

My aunt replied, “Because he said he would – Not only that… he will be on time!”

That was that, and the conversation shifted to other matters and preparing the food. The lunch was set to begin at 1:00 and at 12:57 there was no sign of me, yet, the look on my aunt’s face was as relaxed as it could be (She has nerves of steel – not a good idea to play poker with her).

Then at 12:58 the door knob began to turn and I walked through the door. As soon I stepped foot in the house, my aunt threw up her arms as if to signal the game winning field goal and said, “What did I tell ya?!” My aunt has never been above gloating and savors every opportunity.

I soon realized her happiness was more than simply me joining them for lunch. That reaction from my aunt caused me to think that day. It forced me to pause and realize how valuable it is in life and business for others to trust what you say and feel comfortable depending upon you.

It is priceless when others are 100% confident that you will follow through on your word.

How do you garner that kind of trust? How do you become a person who others will know you will be there or do what you say that you will? Simple… you do what you say you will do. It may seem elementary, yet if you do this day in and day out believe it or not people will begin to notice. You don’t have to advertise that you are a person who keeps their word. Others will just figure it out.

by Ron White


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