When you make a promise to other people, chances are you uphold it because your personal reputation and the quality of the relationship are on the line. But what about making promises to yourself? It's easier to break promises made to ourselves than it is to another, yet keeping our self-promises builds the self-efficacy and self-confidence upon which character is based. If you want to feel unstoppable, start by keeping the promises you make to yourself when nobody's looking.
Capture your ideas immediately.
There's nothing more frustrating than trying to recall a great idea that has since vanished from the mental repository known as "memory." When a hint of inspiration strikes you, write it down immediately. Make a voice note, send yourself an email, write whatever keywords you have to that will spark your memory when you return to it later.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Yes, there's the old adage, "if I don't take myself seriously then nobody else will." However, people are more prone to flock to others who show a little personality than others who put them to sleep. Of course, there's a time and place to be funny. Know your audience and the climate of the room.
Build yourself daily.
Set personal challenges to build resiliency. The choices you make shape who you are today and who you will be tomorrow. Staying fit doesn't stop at the treadmil. There is mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness that balance each other out and make for a well-rounded individual. Build your skills daily every opportunity you have.
If there's one thing that everybody needs more of, it's time. If you want to reward people, be candid. Tell them straight up, in a not-so-rude sort of way, and don't waste their time. People appreciate honesty and resent deceit. They will actually seek your counsel in the future because they know what you stand for.
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