Do you take your promises seriously?
I have seen many people making promises just like that. I asked one of my friends who make such promises, whether he has made the promise after giving it a serious thought? He laughed and said, why bother, who is going to fulfill the promise? On his reply, I remembered what Roger Fisher and Scott Brown, Best Selling Authors, has said about it – “Take Promises Seriously. The more seriously we treat our own commitments the more seriously others will treat them. The easiest way to enhance our reputation for credibility is to make fewer promises. A second and somewhat more difficult step is to be scrupulous about keeping those promises we do make, even when they may seem unimportant”.
My friend represents a post-independence culture in India of not honouring promises. It used to be the monopoly of Indian politicians and bureaucrats but now common people have also joined this cultural revolution. Some time back a Chief Minister, when asked why his government is not fulfilling the promises made before elections, smilingly explained that promises made before election are meant to capture votes and not to fulfill them. He added that it was not his fault if people took his promises seriously.
Friends, do you honour your promises?