Are You Guilty?

OVERPROMISERS

Wait! Before making a list of those who have disappointed and caused disillusionment, it might be good to do a quick inventory of the times we may have done the same to others; overpromised and under-delivered, raised and dashed someone’s hopes, or created cynics in the wake behind us.

Very few of us can say that we have never broken a promise.

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Quick tips for correcting the over-promising habit:

  1. Don’t make promises motivated by guilt: “I’ll help,” or,”I’ll call you,” etc.
  2. If uncertain, or not sure how to respond to an invitation, it’s better to say, “Maybe” than “Yes,” or “Sure.”
  3. If “no” is the answer, decline early with grace.
  4. Write down on a to-do list what you said you’d do.
  5. Do it. Even if it’s hard.

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