Keeping your word is very important for it impacts two relationships. Keeping your word allows others to take you seriously and most importantly; it allows you to take YOURSELF seriously. I cannot explain in detail how important it is to keep your word. If you don’t keep it, you wont ever respect your own boundaries and your lack of self-respect will hurt you in the long run.
For example, there were many times when I didn’t keep my word with my ex-girlfriend. I kept saying “I’m going to break up with her”, but during moments of weakness, I always went back to her. This was probably out of fear of being alone and being lonely. Eventually, this will develop into a habit where even she doesn’t take your word seriously. The way I rectified it was by taking a leap of faith and actually making the jump and did what I promised myself to do.
The other times I don’t keep my word is when I become lazy. I promise myself that I will go to the gym and that promise turns into an unfulfilled wish a week later. When I feel lazy about it, I don’t show up. It affects me because I cant keep a promise to myself nor take myself seriously.
Seriously, KEEP YOUR WORD and KEEP YOUR PROMISES. Other people will value your word more and begin respecting you.