How To Follow Through With Your Word

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How To Follow Through With Your Word

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“Be impeccable with your word.”

How many times have you nodded ‘yes’ to a request only to have forgotten it at the end of the day or week? You are not alone! But this isn’t something we should let happen too often, by doing so we fall prey to a cycle of false promises and false intentions and a lack of credibility.

“Your word is the power you have to create.”

What does this mean? How can this be?

When it comes to keeping your word, there is no right or wrong, there is only being true. If you say that you are going to do something, then it should be done and when someone tells you they are going to do something, you expect the same. A simple exchange, but one that can be very hard at the same time. The first agreement in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, is to be impeccable with our word. So simple a phrase but it holds so much power. When we stay true to our word, we are maintaining a relationship of truth to ourselves and truth to the words we’ve created, but we are also manifesting in that power and sharing it in our interactions with others. It may have been a biblical term originally, but in the phrase "it's all in the word," energy/the light actually lies in the word, because we give breath and sound to our light when we speak. When we open our mouth we are giving breath to our expression, and that in itself is a divine expression. So we've got to make sure what we speak is divine and in alignment.

Knowing that you can count on someone is a great feeling. When you are in need of a favor, of an opinion, etc they are a person whom you trust and value. While it is good to have those people in our lives, it is also good to BE that person in the lives of others. By staying true we are reinforcing those words, those truths and keeping their value.

How do we do this?

By truly listening to the request and responding with 100% authenticity. Are you capable of completing this task? If an opinion is needed, are you sharing your true belief or simply sharing what you think they want to hear? Does your work load or timeframe have room for another email, coffee run, or stop? It is perfectly fine to say ‘no’ to something. We should practice saying 'no', as much as we push ourselves to say yes. You are your own person, with your own needs and cannot always adhere to those of others. We should ask ourselves "Is this pleasing to my soul?" if not then don't do it, if yes, do it. By saying ‘no’ from time to time, we are reassuring that when we do say ‘yes’ it has great purpose. We are fully committed to our word and the promise that it brings.

This is a foundation for building stronger relationships with family, with friends, and with your coworkers. Reliability, honesty, authenticity, consistency. All words that hold power and value in remaining true. We can feel empowered by keeping our promises and remaining true to our word.

With light filled regards,

The SL Team