(This post was originally written and shared on my LinkedIn profile February 1, 2017. I wanted to revisit this post as I still think it is important now.)
This morning while driving into work a thought kept running through my mind about just how important it is to be reliable. I think the practice of being reliable goes beyond just work, and trickles into relationships as well. In an age of technology and moving faster than we should be, and taking on way too many things at once, it seems we are dropping the ball more and more. Most will agree that more times than not we make and schedule plans with friends only to receive a text later saying something alone the lines of, "Hey I am going to need to take a raincheck. I am feeling pretty terrible and can't make it out tonight."
I am just as guilty as the next at sending that text. Realizing it's my own fault for falling short of being a good friend was a hard pill to swallow. We are being conditioned to keep going all day and cram in as much as possible, no wonder we have no energy left by the end of the day to go out with friends and decompress. Actually, most of the time it feels like a stressor to make it out with friends because we are already so tired and don't want to let them down. This is definitely not the feeling I should be having, or anyone should be having.
I think it's time we slow down a bit and learn to time manage better. I would much rather be known as a reliable person who is someone who can be counted on for quality and timely work, than the guy that never meets deadlines or is always bailing. It was like a slap in the face for me a few weeks ago when I was reading another blog about how important it is to be reliable. It makes everyones life better. Your friends, clients, bosses will thank you for it, and you will quickly earn the respect of those around you. Not to mention you will start enjoying your days more, and when that phone call comes to hang out with friends you will actually want to and will enjoy it
With that here is a quick video I am honored have some of my work featured in on just this idea. Take The Time. Slow down. be present.
Video written and directed by Levi Bethune. Learn more at www.takethetime.co