Keeping your word.
Where we are: 2017 – cycle 2 – Week 4: Word – day 1.
So today we’re talking about ‘keeping your word’ – what does that mean?
Let me tell you about a man who appeared on live mainstream television in his underwear!
Now, let me say right away that I’m not a soccer fan myself.
No Ma’m, Not Me!
Many People, however, love it and in some archaic tribal throwback to prehistoric times it can be very ‘them and us’ between teams.
Fans even more so – almost like going into battle against an enemy – though mostly friendly.
Born in the City of Leicester in 1960 Gary Lineker played 194 games for his local team Leicester City, scoring a total of 95 goals for them in his seven years as a profesional player at the club. He then moved on to play for Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and a Japanese Team called Nagoya Grampus Eight – before retiring in 1994.
He also pulled on the white shirt of England a total of 80 times, scoring 48 goals for his country.
He is still England’s top goal scorer at the World Cup with 10 goals to his name.
The point is he had a lot of credibility and a large following and so…
After retirement he became a TV presenter with the BBC – most notably presenting their flagship soccer show ‘Match of the Day’ (MOTD).
But he never lost his support for his beloved Leicester City.
Poor Leicester, they always tried – they were the most earnest triers out there – never won a thing though. Every season between August and May the English league operates and poor old Leicester City never won a thing.
On Monday 14th of December 2015 (just halfway through the season) Leicester City beat Chelsea to go top of the League.
Lineker sent out a tweet:-
“YES! If Leicester win the @premierleague I’ll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies”
9:54Pm 14 Dec 2015.
That year, for the first time in it’s long history Leicester actually won something!
Yes, they were still at the top of the league at the end of the season meaning they had won the championship.
So this week is about keeping your word.
and Lineker did just that; presenting the first show of the new season in his undies.
Did he look foolish? Yes.
Did he feel humiliated? Yes.
Did he gain the love and respect of millions of people? Yes.
You see, by keeping his word he showed the world that looking foolish and feeling humiliated weren’t as important to him as keeping his word and by doing what he said he would do when he said he would do it raised his profile and esteem.
Look for ways this week to keep your word:
if you say you will do something, make sure it gets done.
if you say you will be somewhere at a certain time, be there.
avoid the temptation of falling into the ‘everybody does it’ excusitis.
IMPORTANT BIT: you do what you say you will do when you say you will do it because; if you don’t, you will know it.
think about that.
People tell me they want to raise their self esteem and be happier but have this laissez faire attitude to things – turn up when they want and do something late they said they would do.
People respect people who keep their word, and you should practice it too, but only for your own sake.
YOU will know it
This article is one of a series sent out daily.
The aim is to build confidence and self esteem using a method devised by Benjamin Franklin to build his own character and I think most people know the result of his efforts.
He Called it ‘The 13 Virtues’.
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