What does it mean to keep your words? I understand it to mean doing what you promised.
If you were to hold yourself accountable for keeping your words, what score would you give yourself on a scale of 1-10?
People can fail to keep their words on almost everything, but I find the aspect of failing to keep their words on matters of time and money more outstanding.
I’m still trying to figure out whether this is a Kenyan pandemic or global.
Did you fail on your Promise, or Someone Failed You?
For instance, people sound almost always sound very genuine when asking for help with anything, be it money, or a material need.
Trouble begins when they fail to keep their words, and you have to follow them constantly to remind them about doing what they promised.
And for the record, no one is an angel on keeping their words. You and I both know that once in a while we have been caught between a rock and a hard place in honoring our words, right?
But there is always a way around this: Communication. Rather than waiting for a follow-up call or visit from the person you owe the words, it’s better to explain yourself to the receiving party and assure them you are still on course in doing what you promised.
Wisdom dictates that you don’t make promises you can’t keep.
I once traveled with someone I will call a colleague because we once worked together in the same company.
A colleague can double up as a friend, but in this case, he was jus a colleague to me.
Mark as I would call him is always this silent and humble-looking guy who appears harmless even to hurt a fly. Unfortunately, beneath the humbleness was a mix of slyness and trickery.
The guy asked me for a “ruabe” – 200 bobs, claiming that he doesn’t have enough fare for his destination. He promised to refund the money in a week’s time.
Oh boy, I’m still wondering to date whether the one-week period came and went or it’s still coming.
My gut feeling strongly advised me against the move. Poor me wasn’t quick to smell dishonesty in the young man.
After constant reminders and calls that went unanswered, I had to let the money go. A perfect case of someone failing to keep their words.
Do you keep your words on matters time and money?
A Rogue Business Partner
Young people should learn early the importance of keeping their words when seeking help or favor from their peers or authority figures in their lives.
It’s hard coming across people who will go out of their way to support you financially or mentor you in a particular way.
Why in the world would you want to burn such a bridge?
So this young man comes to me to help him with a loan for a business he wants to start. He turns out to be my kin as well. Actually, what he wanted was just a small token to offset his business idea.
It was a genuine request for help, which I didn’t hesitate to honour.
Realizing how kind I was, he approached me once again for a partnership. I was doing a lady merchandise business online, and he had a shop that was running empty.
He requested that we work as a team, whereby I could offer him my products for display in his shop.
For a start, while testing the waters, I offered him three handbags at a cost of 6k – elfu sita ya Kenya kwa hii Corona my friend 🙂 🙂 🙂
To cut to the long chase, my kin sold all the three handbags without cashing me out.
It’s important to note here that it’s prudent to avoid any serious financial and worthwhile commitments with people you haven’t known for over six months.
This period gives you enough time to judge their character and know them for who they truly are. This is an exception if you own a mobile lending company or give loans as your product.
But even mobile lending apps, check your credit score before giving you anything worthwhile.
Do you keep your words on time and meeting appointments?
You know yourself best. A young African lady studying abroad, Germany to be exact, found herself in hot soup after she arrived late for an appointment with her lecturer.
The old man had turned red hot and was beyond the boiling point. “How dare you come late?” he must have barked.
It’s like people only keep time during important job interviews. Other appointments like dates, church, and Chama meetings leave the early birds grumbling and regretting coming early.
Young people should know that keeping their words goes a long way in building their careers and professionalism in life.
Don’t fall into the culture of not keeping your words on important appointments in your life.
You will keep your words next time, won’t you?