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If You Canít Count On Yourself, You Canít Count On Anyone - Grasshopper

Are you counting on someone to come through for you? It could be a long wait, especially if you canít be counted on.

I hate to go metaphysical on you, but this is my experience: Your ability to be counted on is a mirror that reflects back what you show it. If you show it countless examples of not being able to be counted on, your return from others will arrive in equal measure.

 

But suppose you can be counted on and are not getting back what you put out? Whatís up with that?

 

You are counting on others who canít be counted on.

 

ďCountingĒ is a two-part process:

 

1.      You have to be a person who can be counted on.

2.      You have to enlist people who have a history of reliability.

 

If those two things arenít in place, you will have fewer things to count.

 

I have a long history in managing people and the part I like least about management is reminding people to do their jobs. Sadly, thatís the part of a managerís job that takes the most time and effort.  Given the opportunity, an able manager can help make you better at whatever it is that you do, but they donít get to use that skill if they canít count on you.

 

Follow this motto if you want to be known as someone who can be counted on: Do what you say you will do. Itís that simple.

 

If you want to surround yourself with people who can be counted on, just look at their history of follow-through. Itís the best barometer.

 

Thereís an old adage that says, ďIf youíre not leaning on someone, no one can let you down.Ē Taken to the next step, if youíre leaning on people who canít be counted on, youíll find yourself on the ground quite often.

 

The process of ďCountingĒ begins at home. Make yourself into a person that can be counted on. Start slow by making commitments you can keep and build from there. Once you become one of the counted, youíll easily be able to spot and enlist others who can be counted on.

 

Hard Reality: If people believe you canít be counted on, in their eyes, you donít count.

 

All the best,

John



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