Powerful Words Teens & Adults – Dependability W1

The Powerful Word of the Month this month is “dependability.” As teens and adults, we know what needs to get done and what is expected of us. We realize that our actions don’t occur in a vacuum– that people need us and depend on us to follow through. We also realize that when we make a mistake, we must be accountable. It isn’t always easy but it’s the right thing to do. Simply put, adults need to be dependable and refrain from childish behaviors that make it impossible for people to trust them. As professional speaker, Larry Winget, once said; “Be the person who can keep a secret, isn’t a gossip, and can be counted on in all situations.” That’s pretty straightforward. As leaders, we must follow his advice if we expect others to do the same.

Week 1: This week, we’re talking about making and keeping promises and commitments. People talk about promises being made and broken everyday. It seems that these days, many are very cavalier about when and if they actually carry our their promises. Why do you think that is? Norman Vincent Peale, preacher, author, and originator of the “Power of Positive Thinking, once wrote; Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.” What do you think of that? It seems that if you have no intention of carrying out a promise or fulfilling your commitment, you have no business making them in the first place. How do people in your life regard their promises and commitments to you, your friends, and your family? How does their behavior impact your relationship positively or negatively? This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to rate yourself from 1 to 10 on your ability to be dependable. Do you keep your promises and commitments? Do you fulfill them in a reasonable amount of time? How can you improve?