When you inform your coworkers that you’ll be leading the meeting the following week, you show up on time and perform well. You might also inform your manager that you’ll finish the report by tomorrow morning and then present it. No matter how small, keeping your word will help you build a good reputation over time as someone who can be counted on, who is credible, and who can be trusted. This, in turn, might help your professional relationships develop and get better. However, it can occasionally be quite challenging to keep your word. We’ll look at the reasons for this in this post. We’ll also talk about the different things that can happen if you break a promise and give you five ways to keep from doing it in the future. We make commitments for many different reasons, and most of the time, we mean well. We could want to help, comfort, or achieve something else for other people. Also, regrettably, we regularly fail to keep our promises. A few occasions of disappointing someone might be acceptable. On the other hand, the consequences could be serious and long-lasting if you keep breaking your promises too regularly, whether mistakenly or on purpose. Your coworkers won’t trust you as much, won’t likely approach you for help again, and you might not be included in discussions. As your manager assigns assignments to more reliable staff members, you may start losing rights. If you’re a manager, it’s possible for your staff to become dissatisfied with your leadership style or to lose trust in you. They’ll spend more time coming up with a backup plan if you don’t deliver than doing the task at hand. As a result, your team’s performance and motivation will suffer. Even worse, research shows that a manager’s repeated breaking of promises may have a negative “snowball effect” on the team. This means that people may start acting badly toward their coworkers and clients, whether they mean to or not.