This is something I have been debating with friends and family for the past two weeks.
What is your word worth?
We all seem to be:
- doing more – just look at your to do list, your experiences and don’t even mention the holiday planning!
- being more – how many roles are you playing? mum, dad, friend, partner, sibling, boss, colleague and of course add in your job title!
Have we lost focus on our word to ourselves?
I was once described by a colleague and boss as being ‘reliably reliable’ at the time I didn’t see this as a compliment, I just thought wow that sounds like I’m boring. Today (and 10 years on from that conversation) I’m proud to be called ‘reliably reliable’.
More often than not, if I say I’m going to do something for someone I do it – I allow very few things to get in the way. What I’ve realised is my word is worth more when it’s for other people (can you relate too?) – when it’s about helping them, making them feel great, making things easy for them, keeping them company. Don’t get me wrong I love doing all these things – no one is twisting my arm or forcing me to do something I don’t want to.
It did get me thinking though, what is my word worth to me?
Honestly, I feel I’ve got better at keeping my word for myself – however, it’s a daily exercise in being aware – of what I am doing and what I am thinking. Sometimes I can be swayed by the allure of a new movie over updating my web page or talking to a friend over going to yoga. I have realised that these are conscious decisions I am making (before I used to make them on auto-pilot). I guess it all comes down to choice and what’s more important to me in that moment.
So, what is your word worth – to you?
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