The best and most productive people on the planet are the ones who under promise and over deliver. Nothing irritates people more when people say they are going to do things, say they are going to be present, and then lack the follow through.
As a recruiter, employer, colleague, friend, relative, and acquaintance, I urge everyone to challenge themselves to make less commitments this year, and instead deliver and do instead; even a maybe is better or I’ll try is better than a yes that turns into a no-show, a lack of effort or followthrough, or an apology.
This year, I’ve noticed the top performers among my students, clients, interns, and friends and family are the ones who do about 10 times more than they talk; they leave the talking for while they are doing or for after they have done.
Be a doer, not a talker!