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.