Why You Should Do What You Say You Will Do

It’s one thing to tell yourself or others what you will do someday. It’s another thing to do it. That’s why it’s important to do what you say you will do.

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You have dreams and goals you want to see realized. You may even have things on your heart that God has told you to do. As you know, words will not make those things happen. Action will.

By taking action, here are three results that will happen—if you do what you say you will do.


1. Build credibility with yourself


When you tell yourself you will do something and you don’t do it, it weakens your credibility—with yourself. When you don’t do something that you say you will do, your mind will start to think that’s normal. As a result, it will actually be harder to do what you say you will do.

When you follow through with something you said you’d do, then you start to build a track record. It becomes easier to do what you say you will do because your mind is conditioned for action.

You will be able to accomplish more in life by keeping commitments to yourself. You can start with something as simple as waking up on time. Or not eating dessert. And then you can build on your success with each commitment to yourself that you keep.


2. Establish trust with others


When you don’t do things that you told others you’d do, it damages your credibility with others. If others are counting on you to do something, then you need to keep your word.

You might be very good with commitments to your work. But how about at home? If your kids keep hearing you break your promises, they will become the Hypocrisy Police. Or maybe the reverse is true. Perhaps you’re good at keeping commitments at home but not as good at your workplace. That will damage your career.

The more you do what you say you will do, the more people can trust what you say.


3. Grow your faith in God


God wants you to grow in relationship with Him. If He tells you to do something that seems impossible, it’s so that He can work through your obedience. God is not as interested in your success as your faithfulness.

If you agree with God and say you will do something, then be ready to fulfill your vows (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5). God does not delight in punishing you for not fulfilling what you said you’d do. Instead He wants to grow your faith by His working through your faithfulness. He wants you to see that you can do seemingly impossible things because you have been willing to obey Him.

If you are willing to do what you say you will do, you will build credibility with yourself, establish trust with others, and grow your faith in God. And you will be surprised by what you can accomplish.


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