November 13, 2002.
It may come as a mild surprise to some people that there are still millions upon millions of people in this country who still believe that a person's handshake and good word stand for something really special. To them, their handshake and their word are as good as good as it gets as good as gold. When these champions give you their word, you know full well they will honor their commitment to you.
How about you? When you make a commitment to do something, are you willing to stand firm and honor that commitment through thick and thin? Do your commitments mean something special to you and to those to whom you make these commitments? Is your word good? Better yet, is your word as good as gold? By answering those questions openly and honestly, you can get an accurate measurement of your commitment to excellence.
It has been said that the truest test of a person's character is what he or she does when no one is looking. The manner in which you approach and honor the commitments you make speaks volumes about your character. A commitment to excellence and the acceptance of personal responsibility are key attributes that work together in developing a winner's uncompromising character. Honor, integrity, morality and honesty all work hand in hand, forging the winner's distinctive single-minded will to win.
Unfortunately, it sometimes seems as though these valued commodities are in short supply these days. In order to live a life of excellence, it is imperative that you develop an unwavering commitment to finish what you start and do what you say you will do. You need to accept, if you have not done so already, unwavering responsibility for who you are and what you do, while doggedly pursuing excellence in every task you undertake.
Never forget, even for a moment, that you need to bring out your best in order to be your best. When you commit to excellence in everything you say, think and do, your best is sure to come from the inside out.
TODAY'S MOTIVATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:
I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do.
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