This week I want to talk about a subject most people don’t want to talk about. It’s a subconscious block that keeps you from being successful. That subconscious block is the lack of integrity in keeping your promises to yourself and others. You talk to yourself and promise yourself that you will complete certain projects or be somewhere at certain times or you have signed up for something and you promise to be there but you fail to show up. You’re making commitments in the world and to yourself that you do not keep and that lack of integrity with your word is holding you back from achieving the success you desire.
The problem is – if you make commitments in the world that you’ll be at a seminar, webinar, or meeting at a certain time or you will provide something at a certain time and you don’t do it, you are only hurting YOURSELF because your subconscious mind no longer trusts you. Meaning that your intuition and instincts will decline, you’ll have less motivation to do things and you’ll have less will-power. This happens because that part of you (your subconscious mind) has been told over and over again, “Monday morning I’m going to start that exercise program” or “I’m going to go on that diet” but then you don’t do it or how about “Tuesday, I’m going to write that sales letter or call so-and-so” and you don’t do it. It goes on and on.
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After a while, you alienate the number one ally that you have in life – YOURSELF. You have lied to yourself, you’re out of integrity and have been totally flaking out. I know these are very painful words to hear, but it’s TRUE.
Think about working with other people. We’d all love for money to just fall from the skies, but the truth is that you have to provide a service, product or something of value to another human being that they will pay you for. If you extend yourself and you tell a possible client, customer or patient that you or your office is going to do something and it doesn’t show up exactly the minute you said it would show up, a little red flag goes off in their head that says “that person promised me this, and they didn’t follow up.” Now, there’s a trust issue.
I’ve learned over the years to pay attention to those red flags because if you don’t – you will be sorry. Those red flags to me are: someone said they’d be somewhere or provide something at a certain time and they don’t show up or do it – I already know those people are disorganized, don’t have a commitment to their word and that they are out of integrity. So, why should I do business with this person? If they make this kind of impression on me in the beginning – it says a lot about how the rest of the relationship will be handled.
If you promise something to someone and you cannot fulfill that commitment– reach out right away to reschedule or renegotiate the terms of the commitment you made. Apologize, give a quick explanation and ask to reschedule. If you promise people things and you promise yourself things and you do not follow up, that can be one of the most devastating habits you can create in your life.
Our society is filled with people that do nothing but make excuses. They are so self-centered that they think the whole world revolves around them. We have really formed a society based on an entitlement mentality. Sadly, if you fall into that mentality accidentally by hanging out with these types of people, where you’ve lost integrity with yourself and with the people around you – this is going to hurt you financially.
You need to get in the habit of making a list DAILY of the things you are going to accomplish that day. Put it on your calendar, blocking off time to get done those things that will move you forward in life.
If you don’t create a plan and stick to it – you won’t achieve the success you desire in life.
Once you stop lying to yourself and being a flake when it comes to your commitments to yourself and others – not only will other people notice but your subconscious mind will start trusting you again.
To Your Success,
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