Don’t promise the world…

Have you ever met someone who says they are going to achieve great things time and time again?  At first, you think they are very driven and are going to achieve great things.  After a while, you realize they are not doing anything they said they would.  As time goes by, you increasingly realize they are simply worthless.  You do not want to be that person who promises the world and delivers absolutely nothing.  Even if you deliver 99% of what you say you will deliver, there will be disappointment based on the 1% not delivered.

I feel the best approach is to gather as much information as possible and make a real estimate on what can really be delivered.  You will need to set a plan forth to accomplish what you promise and the hope is you overdeliver.  This can be applied to your personal life, career, school, and so on.  We really need to think about what we are promising because others may be counting on your promises.

For example, if you are a salesman or saleswoman and you promise 10% growth in sales this quarter, then you must deliver 10% growth in sales for the quarter.  If you fail to meet the promise or goal, you will lose believers.  If you repeat this overpromise and underdeliver scenario enough, you will have no one believing in you.  It is sometimes better to promise less and deliver more to grow your reputation.

I really try to gather information/data to better prepare myself for the future.  I really try to understand the entire situation and predict the various scenarios that may come out of me choosing different options.  I also think about where and how I can be most effective.  It varies for different situations, but your mindset and how you think about each situation will be similar.

Things to know

  • Do not overpromise and underdeliver
  • Gather information/data to better prepare yourself for the future
  • Understand the entire situation and play out each outcome before making decisions
  • Understand where and how you can be most effective

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