Hurray for Friday! Today’s food for thought involves one of the most important ingredients in life. Without it, lives are less joyful and careers are less successful.
The key ingredient is trust.
To get anywhere in business or in life, we have to be trusted and trustworthy. How? By keeping our word. Trust comes from saying we’re going to do something and then doing it. Rinse and repeat. And repeat and repeat…It’s that simple.
It’s simple but not necessarily easy. Trustworthiness is built on all the “little things,” like calling when we say we’re going to call, which over time form the foundation for being trusted (or not) with the “big things,” like receiving the promotion.
I’m fortunate to work with and have in my life some amazingly trustworthy people. And I try to be equally trustworthy. Since good habits help, I’ve been trying to avoid using misleading catch phrases like “just a minute,” which usually means more like five minutes, or telling my husband I’m “about to leave” the office, when really I need an hour.
The point? We must watch our words, because trust is hard to establish and easy to destroy. That’s why “under promise and over deliver” is good advice, not to impress the boss, but because trustworthiness depends on keeping our promises.
I promise to write to you next Friday – and I hope you have a sunny day!
P.S. More food for thought…author unknown:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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