Book Review - The Promise Doctrine (A guidebook and system for consistently delivering on your promises!) by Craig P. Womack and Jason W. Womack
With all the things we have coming into us each day, it's easy to say "I promise to do x" and then just sort of forget about it. But doing that repeatedly causes your reputation and authenticity to take a serious hit. Craig P. Womack and Jason W. Womack cover this situation in their new book The Promise Doctrine (A guidebook and system for consistently delivering on your promises!). Given my recent track record on delivering on promises, this was a timely (and excellent) read and review for me.
Chapter 1 - What's On Your Promise "Plate"?
Chapter 2 - Why This, Why Now?
Chapter 3 - So, Let's Get Started
Chapter 4 - Promise Making
Chapter 5 - The Promise Journey
Chapter 6 - The Promise Doctrine
- Element One - PROMISE
- Element Two - PERFORM
- Element Three - HURDLES
- Element Four - RENEGOTIATE
- Element Five - TRUST
- Element Six - CELEBRATE
The Promise Guide
First off, the Womacks set up the reason why making *and keeping* promises is important. Promises are similar to goals, in that once you make a promise, you need to be able to take the necessary steps to follow through and complete the action. When you make promises without the intention (or the plans) to keep them, people start to doubt your reliability and truthfulness. And once you've lost that, it's very hard to regain. It's best to treat those promises as "to do's" that are not open for failure. If a promise isn't unfolding like you anticipated, then you renegotiate to reset expectations. But you do *not* just "not do it".
There were a couple of elements here that I had never associated with promise making and keeping. One is to view a promise as a goal. A goal is really just a promise to yourself (or someone else) that you will accomplish something. When I think of promise keeping as goal setting, it puts me on somewhat more familiar ground on how to make sure I bring the promise to fulfillment. The other element I had not thought of was treating promises as "to do" items a la the "Getting Things Done" methodology. Mind sweeps to get all your promises down on paper empty your mind so that you're not leaking mental energy trying to remember everything. Once they're down on paper, it's much easier to track each one and figure out what needs to be done next to keep things on track.
The Promise Doctrine isn't some complex system or "way out of left field" new-age philosophy. It's just solid information on how to stay real to yourself and others by delivering on things that you promise to do and perform. Simply recognizing promises in the way that Craig and Jason outline helps you see the problem for what it is, and puts you on a solid path for getting things back where they should be. An excellent read...
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