The older and wiser I become the more I’ve realized how many people are all talk and little action. Be it trying to impress a woman, a mentor, a company, a group of peers, appearing successful or whatever it is nothing says trustworthy like doing exactly what you will do. Maybe it’s me, I don’t know, but people just like to pop off at the mouth and say whatever with no substance behind it. A lack of good old-fashioned man of your word. It’s smooth etiquette 101!! Case in point:
Example A, you plan to meet an associate somewhere and conduct business and are supposed to meet Saturday at 3pm. It’s 3:30 and I get a call saying, “Oh, can’t make it, something came up”. No problem, you reschedule to meet Tuesday at 6pm. Tuesday comes by and now there is another “issue” and can’t make it again. After rescheduling over and over with an excuse every time, it’s just plain fact that this person’s word is no good. He says something but his actions tell otherwise.
Example B, Let’s say you meet up with a buddy and he tells you about a great deal on basketball tickets, lower level. He hypes you up about his connection, you get some cash together and the day before the event calls and says, “My hook up didn’t come through, but I’ll get you next time”. Problem is every time a good prospect comes up this dude flakes, his word is no good.
So all, when it comes down to it people respect your word. They trust you more and know that when you say something there is nothing else to it. Even the holy bible says, “But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’,’no’. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” Matthew 5:37 (NKJV)
Hey, I didn’t write it but makes sense doesn’t it? Do what you say you’ll do, mean what you say.