you must keep your word to yourself

you must keep your word to yourself

“When you do whatever it takes to keep your word to yourself, that confidence will spill over into every area of your life.”

― T. Harv Eker

It’s easy to get distracted as we pursue the path of personal and professional development. To let temptations and unexpected disturbances intrude our lives and make us fall off the self-improvement wagon. But if we keep letting external factors and enticing stimuli halt our progress and get us off track again and again, we will never be able to tap into the true potential that lies within us. 

It’s time to be honest with yourself. How often do you start developing a new behavior and never succeed in converting it into a lasting habit? How often do you start a new diet or fitness program and never follow through? How often do you start a new creative project and never finish it? So many of us set goals for ourselves and start all fired up but as we go ahead, we lose our steam along the way and never end up accomplishing them. Just starting something new is not enough; we must resolve to finish it. 

We must commit to finishing what we start by hook or by crook. Finishing something is more important than you think; it reveals who you truly are and what you’re made of. In other words, when you master the art of finishing whatever you start, you communicate integrity to others. Integrity is the key word here, because it doesn’t just mean being true and honest with yourself. The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” or “completeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. 

When you don’t keep your word to yourself, you feel bad inside, right? When you deviate from the path you set for yourself, when you don’t accomplish what you intended to do, you feel weak and defeated, am I right? It kind of shakes your self-confidence and makes you feel helpless and powerless, like there’s no real path to reach your desired destination. And if you’re not careful, this lack of progress can easily get you stuck in a loop of bad choices and toxic behaviors and turn this into a self-perpetuating negative cycle. 

This is why it’s crucial that your word must become nothing less than law. This is the only way to avoid regrets and make meaningful progress in your life. At its core, winning is all about self-discipline. As the popular Jim Rohn quote goes, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Sure, it won’t be an easy path and take a great deal of practice, dedication and hard work, but in the long haul, self-discipline is the only quality that’ll propel you to reach the goals you set for yourself. 

When you keep your word to yourself at all costs, you position yourself to not only live an authentic and wholesome life, but also achieve extraordinary success, build meaningful relationships, experience lasting happiness and peace of mind, and increase your wealth-building potential.