I have been personally reflecting on the importance of words and the choice people make to use certain words.
More importantly, I’ve been thinking about how imperative it is to do what you say you are going to do. This is important both on a personal level and on a professional level.
While I know words are just that – words, and that actions speak MUCH louder than words, it is so important that when you say you are going to do something, to ensure you actually do it (or at least attempt it).
Also, try to make sure that you do what you say you’re going to do in a timely manner. Doing something 6 months after you say you are going to do something, isn’t really doing it in a timely manner. In schools, if you say you are going to do something, and you don’t do it for 6 months, this could have a real impact on student learning.
So often, people say things to people just to tell them what they want to hear. They may do this to “get them off their back” or to avoid the subject or just to make them happy. None of these responses are long-lasting though. In fact, what happens is the person just ends up becoming more upset and frustrated.
Do these people actually mean the words that they say when they say them? Or, do they actually believe their words when they say them? If so, then we have a whole other problem.
If you continue to not following through on your words, your words aren’t going to mean anything at all. People will just roll their eyes when you speak because they question your follow-through and your sincerity.
So, in your personal and in your professional life, if you want people to trust you, to honour you, to believe in you, value you, to want to be led by you, to want to follow you, to care about what you say, please do what you say you are going to do OR don’t say you’re going to do it.