ONE FUNDAMENTAL FORCE allows you to make
changes in your life and turn good ideas into reality. The greatest
idea, the finest resolution, the best plan are all useless without
What is this fundamental force? It is the
power of keeping your word. Its the attitude of honoring
the promises you make as sacred even (or maybe
especially) the promises you make to yourself.
The good news is you can increase your
ability to keep your word. You can make this power more available
First, understand the fundamental role
it plays. Recognize its power.
Next, dont commit yourself lightly
treat each promise you make as something you will
do no matter what. Be very selective about what you commit yourself
And finally, renew your commitment every
time you break your word.
Each of us has what Abraham Maslow called
choice-points every day. These are moments when we
have to decide, Am I going to do the thing I promised myself
and move forward? Or am I going to do the easy thing and break
my promise and move backward?
And if you break your promise, you arrive
at another choice-point: Will you renew your commitment to be
a person who keeps your word? Or will you give up on yourself
and adjust your self-image downward? The decisions you make during
these choice-points determine the direction and quality of your
The most important starting point is to
make a promise to yourself that, from this day forward, when
you come to a choice-point, you will choose to keep your word.
The more often you make the choice to keep your word, the more
your word is worth. Eventually, your word is as good as gold.
Keep your word.