Always Keep Your Word
Being a REAL man is about keeping your word. Whatever it is, if you say you are going to do something, then follow through and do it. That’s part of what being responsible is about. A real man keeps his word; it is that simple.
Keep Your Word, and Keep Your Integrity
Whenever you give your word to someone, you must follow through on it. You must keep your word because that is the right thing to do. Because that is the respectable thing to do.
Whenever you make a promise, you must deliver on it. When you give your word that you are going to do something, you had better do it. Otherwise, do not make promises you don’t intend to keep and don’t commit yourself to things that you aren’t willing to follow through on, regardless of what might possibly happen in the future.
No one ever forces you to give your word. So, if you do indeed decide to give it—and if you do decide to make a promise—then you had better follow through on it.
When you give your word, you must keep it. Whether you want to or not is irrelevant. You do what is right, simply because it is right. And keeping your word, no matter how difficult or unpleasant (or costly) it may turn out to be, is the right thing to do.
Always keep your word, although it may be hard to do. Always keep your word, although it may cost you (either in terms of popularity, time, or in this case money… lots of money.) Always keep your word, although it may be difficult for you to do so, and regardless of whether you want to. Always keep your word, because it is the right thing to do… because it is the honorable thing to do.
Keep Your Word, Even If It Costs You … Especially If It Costs You
There are times when keeping your word may cost you personally. Doing the right thing and staying true to your word may cost you in terms of your popularity. It may cost you in terms of your time or energy. It may cost you in terms of your convenience. It may even cost you in terms of your money. However, doing the right thing and keeping your word will save you something far more valuable than any of the above things. While it may cost you in terms of financial wealth or material possessions, keeping your word will save you the most valuable possession that you have: your Integrity.
While you may be losing your popularity, status, time, or even money by keeping your word… you will be saving a few things of far greater value. Namely among them are your Integrity, your Dignity, your Trustworthiness, your Respectability, the Respect of Others, and your own Self-Respect as well.
In addition to all of these “savings,” you also will be able to hold onto your Good Name, your Dependable Reputation (also known as that priceless “You-Can-Count-On-Me” factor); and, perhaps most important of all, you will be able to maintain your Honor.
Sure, keeping your word may cost you in some way. But, when you look at what you will be saving by following through on your commitment, it really adds up to a whole lot more than what mere money can buy. That is because when you get right to the heart of the matter, you realize that money is tied merely to your bank account. Your word, however, is tied to something much more important than just your “bottom line.” It is tied to your Integrity.
Keep Your Word, & Do not Count the Cost
Guard your dignity and protect your Integrity.
No matter what happens, and no matter what you may lose in the process:
Make sure that you always hold onto your Integrity.
Keeping your word might cost you.
But, the one thing you cannot put a price tag on is Integrity.
Preserve your Integrity at all costs.
The Man, Not the Words
Your word—whether you keep it,
and the frequency with which you can be depended upon to
keep it—becomes who you are in the eyes of other people, and,
just as importantly, it becomes who you are in the eyes of yourself.
Your word is your bond. Your word is your reputation. Your word is your character. Your word is your Honor.
“It is not the oath that makes us believe
the man, but the man the oath.”
Be True to Your Word
Keep your promises. Honor your commitments. Fulfill your obligations.
Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it,
and do it the absolute best way that you can do it.
Deliver on your words; follow through on your promises. Be faithful to your responsibilities, and do whatever it is you say you are going to do.
Always stay true to your word.
Once you give your word, do all that you can to keep it.
Keep to your word as if your Integrity depended on it.