Integrity: When You Do What You Say You’re Going to Do

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There are few days as celebratory as when I adopted both of my children. Yesterday wasn’t in that category but it was a close runner up in the special department. My first book, Impact! What Every Woman Needs to Know to Go From Invisible to Invincible! was born. As in, delivered. To Microsoft: A spectacular beginning for anyone or anything.

The author (that would be me) was a tad late in delivering the final manuscript so, in order to get it to Microsoft in time for my keynote at their women’s conference (more on that in my next blog), I had it shipped overnight from the bindery straight to Microsoft.

I arrived early and headed straight for the book room. My eyes searched the hundreds of books looking for that familiar cover. There it was! OMG.

Here’s what I said (okay, shouted):

“I wrote a book! And it has words in it! And it’s going to help women to increase their impact on the world! And I can’t even believe I did this! I’ve wanted to write a book since I was 11 years old (that was a very, very long time ago). And I did it! And I’m so proud of me! And it’s really pretty!”

Yes, each declaration really did have an exclamation point next to it.

Why was it such a big day? Such a huge event my life?

Some of what made it so special was that I thought about writing it for so long; and then there’s the fact that it will help millions of women all over the world (one of my main passions and part of my life purpose); and of course there’s the fact that John Wiley & Sons believe in me and my message so much that they offered me a very nice contract in the midst of a lackluster year in publishing.

But what put it on “My Life’s Top Ten Memories” was simply that I did it.

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, in the world that raises our self-esteem more, faster or better than making a commitment to ourselves and following through on it. When it’s complete, it doesn’t matter how much you procrastinated, how many years you’ve been talking about it, whether or not it actually looks like you thought it would, OR even if anyone else notices what you’ve done.

What matters is that you kept your word. To yourself. Everyone else comes second.

I can honestly say that yesterday was monumental for me. It will be for you too. It might be a small thing or a big one. It might be losing 5 pounds or 55 pounds. It might be clearing your inbox at the end of every day, or remembering to kiss your children goodnight, or telling your significant other how special s/he is.

What it is, doesn’t matter. That you do it does. Why? Because this is your impact; this is the way you make a personally meaningful difference in the world; this is the way that people know you’re on purpose. And the most important person? You guessed it! You!

Initiate Impact!

  1. What is one thing you’ve been promising yourself you were going to do, no matter what?
  2. What is one small step you can take today in the direction of getting it done?
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