Never Over Promise

It’s been a funny old year so far what with Brexit and the election in the US of Donald J. Trump. Brexit and Trump both tapped into an electorate that was feeling unappreciated by the status quo and rode similar waves of populism to success but what now?

Now they have to live up to the expectations they have set. Only time will tell if the Brexiteers and Trump can actually deliver to the satisfaction of their supporters.

So far as the rest of us are concerned, there are lessons we can all take from this. The crucial one being you should never over promise in life whether that be to your family, your friends, your boss or your work colleagues. It is all too easy to get caught up in the moment and promise the earth but people who consistently fail to deliver on their promises get an unenviable reputation.

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However well meaning your intentions were, however genuine your plans to deliver, you don’t want to be that person who lets everyone down on a regular basis.

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Promise? by Carmella Fernando courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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We all fail occasionally and that’s fine – no one is perfect but for some people over promising and under delivering is a way of life. Often these are people who just want to please others. The irony is when they cannot follow a promise through it is much worse than if they had never promised in the first place.

Far better to scale back and not over commit. If the things you have promised to do are more modest you will have a far better chance to follow those promises through and actually deliver.

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No one wants to be known as a person who lets others down. Better to be known as a person who keeps their word and get things done, don’t you think?

 

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2 thoughts on “Never Over Promise

  1. kjw616 21/11/2016 / 6:11 pm

    Some people in my country make these empty promises which they know they have no intention to keep to, as you do aptly said, to please people and get elected. Here in the US, many of the promises were quite vague and changed as often as I change my underwear. When you can’t deliver on promises that end up hurting people, that is wrong. Better to dial back on the promises.

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    • ellieholmesauthor 22/11/2016 / 6:25 am

      Absolutely. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the moment and over promise. Much better to think things through properly first whether that’s on a personal level or a national level. Ellie x

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