Only Commit To What You Can Deliver!

Have you ever made a promise or commitment that you knew right after you made it, you were unlikely or not able to deliver on?  Why did you do that?  Did you not think about what you were saying before you said it?  Was it to please others?  Not only does promising what you cannot deliver put stress on you, if you start developing a pattern of not delivering, it WILL reflect on you.  Therefore, some tips the next time you come across this situation.

  • Before You Commit – Think! – Take a step back and think about what is being asked of you.
  • It’s Okay to Say “No” Sometimes – Sometimes you just have to say no to things asked of you. If it doesn’t fit into your life plan or you know you don’t have the time to do something, respectfully say ‘no’.  People will respect your honesty.
  • Give Yourself A Cushion of Time–  What I mean by that, is set a time range that you reasonably know you can deliver if you are going to make a commitment.  To me, it’s better to under promise a little and over deliver much more.
Today and every day, be smart!  And only promise what you CAN deliver!
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2016-11-11T11:55:59-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|8 Comments


  1. Jamesina Greene December 20, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I love this reminder because INTEGRITY is very important to me. I have learned to practice “stopping and thinking” before I commit. For years I had a problem saying “no”, so “yes” automatically came out (smile). Today my integrity is more important than being liked.

  2. Geoff Conn December 20, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    All great stuff Cyn! Saying NO can be difficult sometimes, but it has to be an active word in your vocabulary. We are so simpatico. I always usually help out whenever I can because life is about assisting others.

  3. Etiedidiong Davis December 20, 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Oh my Wonderful Cynthia!! You are always delivering, powerful, inspiring Messages! Making the right choices, and great decisions before being committed. Reliability, honesty, and truthfulness plays a great role in commitment!! Cynthia you’ve really nailed it. Thank you!!

  4. Kim December 20, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    This blog post was wrote for me today!! Especially right now at the holidays, never wanting to let anyone down always causes so over-promising more than I can deliver which is frustrating! Thank you for the reminder 🙂

  5. Ashly December 20, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    At an age where confusion seems to be the normal you Cynthia inspire us to find ourselves as individuals, to step out of the routine and expected, you have helped us to commit to a new life of standing as smart and free spirits!

  6. Ashly December 20, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Your daily blog will serve me as a road map to an independent life where I will not let anything stop me from showing the strong SmartChic you have helped me become!

  7. TY Baker December 20, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Great blog Cynthia! I’ve started saying no more, it hasn’t always been easy but definitely necessary! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  8. Brad Hanson (managementbrad on twitter) December 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Wonderful blog Cynthia! Once again, you’re a 100% right. Under promise, over deliver. If you must say no, give them a reason why. It is not saying no, it is how you say no that counts. As you know, I’ve been in management and motivation for 40 years. I have worked with some of the best leaders and motivators in the world. Cynthia, You’re one of them.

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