Do you always get your homework done on time? Do you do your fair share when working on group projects? Are you on time at the beginning of every class? If you said no to any of these questions, you might want to think about how you can be more reliable.
Being reliable sounds kind of boring. Lots of the funny characters in movies and cartoons are unreliable, and everyone seems to like them, right? Wrong! People like to watch those characters, but in real life, they don’t like to be around them. A reliable person who sticks to their word quickly becomes respected and widely sought after. Just imagine: If you’re on a team and you don’t follow a play the way you practiced it, will your teammates think it’s funny? On the other hand, if you play as you agreed to and the team scores a goal, how do you think it will make your teammates feel about you?
When you keep your word to others, it will build your confidence. One reason for this is because you’re building a better relationship with your friends and earning their trust. If you always keep your word, you’ll feel good about looking people in the eye because you know you have nothing to be embarrassed about. Plus, if you’re in the habit of doing as you say you will, you’ll be less likely to question yourself. Deep down, you’ll remember all the times you kept your word and there won’t be any doubt that you can do it again.
People take notice when they know they can count on you. Reliable people are much harder to find than unreliable people, so word will get around about what a trustworthy person you are. It feels good when people come find you because they know you’ll be able to take care of business.
If you’re unreliable and you know it, that’s okay! It’s not something you’re born with; it’s something you learn. The questions at the beginning of this article are a good place to start. Work on always being on time. After that, make sure you always get your homework done. Whenever you reach an agreement with someone, see it through. Remember, if you know you can’t do something, it’s better to say “no” than to break your word later.