Own what you say
“What people say, what people do, and what people say they do are entirely different things” Margaret Mead
You want to be successful? You want people to follow you? Be consistent. Say what you mean, mean what you say, do what you say. That alone will take you a long ways…
Say What You Mean
Don’t equivocate. That’s just lying with frosting on it. If you think it’s good, say it’s good. If you think it’s crap, say it. Equivocation and sugar coating may make make the hearer feel slightly better, but the truth is way more effective. Say what you mean.
Mean What You Say.
“I’ll get to it right away” is probably the death of more good ideas than any other single thing. If you say you’ll have an answer or a product tomorrow, make it be so. If I say I’m going to write 3 blog posts per week, then I will write 3 blog posts per week. It is my ultimate job to make sure that all three are the best that I can make them. By consistently doing what I say I am going to do, I give the people that I deal with reason to suspect that I will do what I say the next time, also. Mean what you say.
Do What You Say You Do
Sooner or later, not doing what you say is going to bite you. It may be only a small nip on the butt, or it may be a full blown shark attack that takes both legs. You are going to get bit when you get caught not doing as you say. If you say “I go to the gym three days a week” go. Don’t say it when what you really meant to say is “I really want to go to the gym three days a week”. Say it, do it. That’s consistency. That’s doing what you say you do.
I used that word at least 4 times in this piece, and it is the key to it all. Do it today, do it tomorrow, do it every single time. Make it a habit. Say what you mean, mean what you say, do what you say. It’s pretty easy when it is at that level.
I’m just sayin’