You have the audacity to be impeccable!
To be free from any kind of fault or blame and to remain flawless in whatever you do.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you said ‘Yes’ to something, and then had second thoughts? Do you strongly believe in being impeccable in your word? When you commit to something, do you give your best to follow through and keep all your promises? It’s something that we all should aim for in both our personal and professional life.
There was an entrepreneur, who made a commitment. She said yes, but, when it came to following through, she had doubts. She was interviewed on a radio show. When she first approached to be on, she researched the host, who seemed very knowledgeable, and she said yes. Part of that agreement was that she would promote the interview to her newsletter subscribers after the show. The interview went well. She talked about the coaching industry, the role of a coach, and techniques that can help one start taking real steps towards creating the life one truly wants. Now, that starts with uncovering what it is she actually wanted. She was looking forward to sharing the interview.
And then before sharing the newsletter with her subscribers, she listened to the show and said “Oh my goodness” The ads!
She knew it’s about the interview and not the commercials around it, but these were just completely not her. I won’t go into detail about what kind of ads were they, but let’s just say that if she had heard the commercials before saying “yes”, her answer would have been different.
There was nothing controversial, dangerous, or hateful in the ads, but they were bizarre, aggressive, and not reflective of who She was or the messaging she wants to put out there in public. She started worrying about, what would her subscribers think? Would if she lose some of them? Now would her subscribers lose respect for her or think she’d taken her business in a strange and very different direction? All these questions completely inundated her in her head.
What was she to do? she had made a commitment, and she would try her best to live her Agreements, one of which is to always be impeccable with her word. She realized that she had to honor her promise, despite her second thoughts.
So, finally, she shared the interview, but she shared it honestly. She wrote a newsletter that told her subscribers what they would get from the interview but also forewarned them about the ads. Then, she shared her lessons, because another tenet she aims to live by is to always find the lesson, to not see mistakes as mistakes, but as opportunities to grow.
Here are the lessons she shared:
- You can’t control every circumstance. But you can control how you react to it. Those ads were not right for me. But being true to my word is an important value for me. Because of that, I opted to take the path that was aligned with my values and promoted the interview, as promised.
- Do your research before committing to anything. Whether it’s a media opportunity, a partner, a job, a business proposition — don’t be afraid to ask questions and get clarity. After all, it is your brand, your life, your reputation. Honor it!
- You can’t always be impeccable with your word. This was the really hard truth that I learned. In this case, I chose to stand by my commitment. But what if the ads had been abusive or hateful, rather than simply bizarre? Sticking to my commitment would not have been a viable option. If it means being true to your core values, the hard truth is that there may be times when you have to go back on your word. Recognize that. And learn from it.
Do you have trouble being impeccable with your word? Do you often find yourself saying “yes” or “no” then having second thoughts?
The root of the problem may be in understanding your core values. Being clear on your core values and aiming to align all aspects of your life with them will empower you to make better decisions, that are truly right for you. They also help guide you out of difficult situations and onto a path of growth. A path where you should always ask the correct questions before saying “Yes”.
“Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
“Always Do Your Best.”
“Don’t take anything personally.”
“Say only what you mean.”
“Be Impeccable With Your Word.”
For more like this, subscribe for free: bevociferous.com