Harvey Mackay is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world. In one of his motivational presentations, he said: “Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.”
Nicole Bradley-Bernard is quoted as saying that your word is more valuable than anything else. We should always remind ourselves about the importance of promises (and of keeping them). Life is always changing and evolving. This includes everything from the things in our daily lives to our emotions. All of these things make some commitments hard to keep. The proof that sticking to your word can sometimes be hard, is deep-rooted in our society. New Year’s resolutions are only followed through the first week of January and nearly every person has experienced the feeling of betrayal from a broken promise, and have often been responsible for causing that feeling for someone else.
She points us to several quotes that we ought to keep in mind. For instance, “Don’t make a promise you don’t intend to keep.” Another thing is not to make a good promise when you are happy and don’t promise revenge when you are angry and do not make a regrettable promise when you are sad. Furthermore, the most important person to keep your promise to is God, then your spouse and family, then to yourself. Think of it this way: a promise is like a cloud. When it’s filled it sends down rain. Kept promises are the best friends a person can have. And the Bible makes it clear that we are never to break a promise, especially one we make to the Lord.1
As Nicole rightly stated, keeping your word is what make it valuable. So if you are known to keep your promises, you will be thought of as a very valuable friend. So it makes sense then, that what Mackay says about going above and beyond what you promised will really make you a precious spouse, father, mother, sister, brother, family member, co-worker, friend, neighbor. That doesn’t mean you make promises for things you can’t deliver. What it does imply is that once you make a promise and fulfill it, if there anything left over, add that too what you’re able to do or give. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 See Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:21; Matthew 5:33