Set the bar low, but jump high

We all have things we wish we could do over. One of mine is I wish I could go back and take back promises I made that I ended up not keeping.

I meant well. I wanted my wife and children to be happy. I wanted my church family to be happy. I wanted to make a difference in the world.

I was enthused, optimistic, and thinking big. And at the time I made those bold predictions I had every intention of following through.

But life doesn’t get out of the way just because we have big dreams and mean well.

Things happen…life happens and sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, what we planned to do and promised to do doesn’t always match up with what we have to do.

Remember, the moment you go public with a promise or commitment expectations have been established.

And people will not remember the event that caused you to have to adjust your plans, they will only remember that you didn’t keep your promise.


Am I advocating mediocrity? Spineless noncommittal leadership?

Of course not!

Dream big, go big, give lavishly…but remember, people like pleasant surprises far more than broken promises.


The ONE THING for today: Never be afraid to under-promise and over-deliver. Set the bar low, but jump high!

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

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