Doing what you say you are going to do is incredibly powerful. It builds a sense of achievement and builds trust in those around you. Don Miguel Ruiz describes it in this way:
“Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use
your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. If you make an agreement
with yourself to be impeccable with your word, just with that intention, the truth will manifest itself through you and clean all the emotional poison that exists within you.”(Ruiz, 2006)
Being impeccable with your word involves thinking carefully before we make commitments and making sure that we only commit to things that support our values. This is not typical behaviour for human beings. It is tempting to commit to doing something without thinking and to then forget about it. We generally have an unwritten agreement with others to let each other go on what we do and say. This is often because we enter into commitments too quickly, without really thinking or being present in the moment. If we think carefully about what we want in life and only commit to those things that support our values then we will find it easy to adhere to what we say.
I believe that the above is one of the many successful principles for successful living. It is a principle that I repeat over and over to my son. I say to him: Do not commit to do something with grandpa if you know that when the time comes to go and do it, the gameboy or ipod will have a stronger appeal to you. There are times, he falters with this principle and I never falter to keep repeating it over and over. I also make him stick to his commitment however distasteful it maybe to him at the time.
Building a reputation as someone who can be trusted to do what has been committed is extremely valuable. Too many times people do not adhere to this principle and they pay the price.