Making promises is easy. Keeping them sets you apart.

Making promises is one of the easiest things you can do. It's even easier when you have no intention of following through.

Unfortunately, through experience I've come to believe that the majority of people have no idea how to keep their promises.

My #1 pet peeve is when people say they're going to do something and then they don't follow through. I'm guilty of this at times too, but I work hard to follow through on my what I say I'm going to do.

I want to be a man of my word. I want people to know with confidence that when I say I'm going to do something, that it's going to happen regardless of what stands in my way.

It's easy to say something and never do it. It nauseates me.

In the south where I live, you hear it ALL THE TIME.
"I'll be praying for you."
"Hey, it's been too long, let's get together soon!"
"I'm gonna get in the gym soon too!"

I used to hear these kind of statements and just roll with them. I'd nod my head, smile, and move on. Or I was even naive enough to believe them so I'd ask for someone to pray for something specific and never hear a response. Or I'd say, "yeah, it has been too long let's get together next Wednesday at 7," only to hear radio silence on the other end. Or I'd say, "come work out with me," or "here's a workout plan you can use." You get the picture.

None of it would ever happen. It's easier to just not do it. To stick in your comfort.

I've gotten to the point where I'm so sick of the same answers and it's so easy to identify the BS, that I take pleasure in now in responding in ways that make people uncomfortable. I'm probably a little too aggressive, but nothing great ever happened because of mediocrity and comfort.

When people tell me they'll pray for me, I'll ask, "will you really?" I've even called someone out entirely before and said to their face, "No you won't." They were stunned I'd call them out and, surprisingly, it led to us having a great, candid conversation. Not everyone responds positively, but that's not my problem. Don't lie to my face and we won't have a problem. 

Keeping your promises is King. Stick to your word. Do what you say you're going to do. 

The world would be a better place if more people did what they said. There would be a whole lot less BS to deal with. But then again, it would increase my level of competition in life. Right now, there's not much competition out there because everyone is pretty comfortable being mediocre.

I'm not.

If you're sick of being mediocre, start following through on the things you tell yourself and others you're going to do. Commit to working out every day for one month. DO NOT take a day off. Your body can handle it. You won't die. You'll be sore. But you'll be better.

Tell someone you should hang out and then actually schedule a date and time to do it.

Decide you want to make some extra money and then figure out how to make it happen. It's not nearly as hard as you think.

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