Word is bond

I spent the past weekend in a training course with a focus on finances and personal development.

Lots of sitting so I was sure to do a lot of this anti-sitting sequence to ensure my hips didn’t lock up.

I’ve been a part of this program for almost 2 years and my participation has had a major positive impact on my life and my finances.

The concept we’ve spent the most time working on is INTEGRITY, but defined in a very specific way, which we’ll discuss in a sec.

It’s the concept I’ve personally benefitted from the most, as I’ve discovered that integrity is directly proportional to the results, happiness, or whatever other outcome it is that I desire.

And it’s extra important to me now that I’m a father because I know just how important it is to foster a strong relationship with my daughter Livia.

When you re-define integrity in the way that I’ll explain and then choose to live with integrity, I guarantee your results will skyrocket as well, whether that’s with your own personal fitness, your financial situation, the quality of your relationships and your overall effectiveness in this world.

Earlier today, I was rocking some classic Wu-Tang Clan and kept noticing the phrase…

WORD IS BOND

This is a common phrase, especially from 90’s hip-hop and it basically means that if I give you my word, you can count on me to follow-through.

I was curious about this phrase so I did a little research on the origins and I found many references to the Bible.

Now I’m not a religious man but I am open to learning from everywhere and what I found were many great lessons on the importance of keeping your word.

For example…

“But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.” – John 2:15

And…

“When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” – Ecclesiastes 5:4-7

Wise words that have stood the test of time.

I’ve also experienced the impact of not following through on my word, which is always a less-than ideal result.

For example, my wife being pissed off with me.

Or friends not being able to rely on me.

Or my fitness goals not being met.

And it’s no wonder why these things happen.

When you break your word, you lose TRUST.

You become trust-UNworthy.

Not just with others, but more importantly, with yourself.

But we all know that life happens and keeping your word is not going to happen 100% of the time.

That’s why the most effective definition of integrity to live by is this:

To HONOUR YOUR WORD, which involves you keep your word, or as soon as you know it’s not going to happen you let everyone who was counting on your word know and clean up any mess caused by you not keeping your word.

Keeping your word is doing what you said you
would do by when you said you would do it.

Integrity is not about morality or good and bad or right and wrong.

It’s simply about honouring your word.

When you consistently honour your word, you have integrity and you will have the expected positive results in your endeavors and relationships.

Imagine that whenever you say you’re going to do something good for yourself like exercise, or do mobility work or breathe or eat well, you actually follow through.

Imagine that everyone important to you knows with certainty that when you say something you will follow through.

This is a pathway to a POWERFUL LIFE.

One tip that I can give you now that will help you live with integrity is this – make a list of all the promises you’ve made to yourself and others that you haven’t fulfilled and either:

a) Do what you said by when you said
b) Make a new promise to do what you said… or NOT do it
c) Clean up any messes created by (b)

Whether it’s finishing the big project on time for the boss or meeting your friend for coffee on time or grabbing apples on the way home.

Don’t prioritize one thing over another as the priority is HONOURING YOUR WORD and nothing else.

That’s it.

Commit to it and I promise, your life will benefit greatly.

PEACE~

Eric

P.S. Like EVERY worthwhile skill, don’t expect to be perfect at this at first. Just kaizen it and you’re golden.

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good read