When my son was born a friend told me I should always keep my promises to him. If I promised him a spanking, I should give it to him. If I promised him the moon I should get it for him. This has always been my philosophy about promises. Never say you are going to do something and then not do it. There have been many times that I have been disappointed when someone didn’t keep their word. I, on the other hand, always tried to keep my word even if at times it was inconvenient, except when that promise was made to myself.
Throughout the Mastermind course we are told to write “I promise to…” anytime we write our goals, even small ones. I am finding that when I make promises to the class, I keep them. Promising myself to do the tasks that that help me get what I want in life have been an issue. Og Mandino suggests good habits have to replace bad habits.
Og also says “When an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often.” Therefore, I promise to make many promises to myself and keep them and thus form the new habit and enjoy doing so.
After all, I am just as important as everyone else.