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Under Promise and Over Deliver?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Ever felt backed into a corner by work or a family member to get something accomplished? Or felt the need to do more until you were exhausted?

I sure have. My PTA days come to mind! And in many other circumstances when I am thinking, "how can I possibly..." while saying, "sure, I'll do that."

Then one day a mentor of mine told me to try a bold new approach: "Under promise so you can over deliver." It sure beats the alternative of over promising and under delivering or struggling to meet my own self-inflicted performance goal. Most of the time it works just great.

Just last week my husband called and asked, "Are you cooking tonight?"

"Maybe, I said. Not sure."

As the afternoon progressed I happily put together a fine dinner for us.

He said, "I didn't think you'd cook!"

"I know," I said. "Changed my mind."

Smiles all around and no pressure felt.

I'm not sure this will work for everyone, but it sure works for me.
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