Dependability is a cornerstone of strong relationships. We must know that we can trust our closest family members and can turn to them when times are tough. Family studies literature identifies one measure of these strong intimate relationships as attachment, the bond in an intimate relationship. Originally, attachment was researched between mothers and children. [...]
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When we lived in Houston, we had a friend who was a “casual auto mechanic.” As a hobby, he would buy old cars, fix them up and either keep or sell them. Occasionally he would get in some super sporty model, work on it, and paint it really nice. But he continued to drive [...]
“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” This humorous quote by Benjamin Franklin speaks to the fact that there tends to be few things we can count on in life. But, while life may be grim for those who only have death and taxes to look forward [...]
Definition: Fulfilling commitments even in the face of difficulty Good intentions will not make you dependable. Think through the process; gather the information, supplies, and expertise needed; and get started. Take initiative to work through the difficulties you encounter along the way. Education Resources Elementary (Grades K-5) Secondary [...]
1. Be Careful What You Promise The value you place on your commitments will determine your dependability. Recognize the seriousness of giving your word. When you agree to meet someone for a friendly lunch, for example, your punctuality demonstrates your value of your friend. When you set a project completion date, make a realistic [...]
Drivers and pedestrians depend on a bridge because it consistently does its job, and coworkers, family members, and friends can count on you to the extent you show dependability. Connect A bridge connects the two sides of a riverbed or valley, benefitting both sides. Similarly, dependability allows a person to maintain good relationships. Everyday [...]
Picture This! Dependability is fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice. Have you ever used a compass to help you find your way? No matter where it is, a compass always points north. You can depend on it! You can be dependable like a compass by keeping your promises, [...]
Focus Your Life Busy schedules and a desire for approval can make it difficult to say “no” and even harder to keep up with everything. Identify Responsibilities Life brings along many new experiences, but these good ideas can become a distraction or a burden if they prevent you from fulfilling your responsibilities. Identify your [...]
Clear the Bar Set standards in your life so that you can fulfill your responsibilities on time. Clarify the priority and deadline as you start a project. Do not overfill your calendar. Treat each assignment as a personal commitment. Schedule each task and balance your other responsibilities so that nothing falls through the cracks. [...]
Your credibility depends on your commitment to the mission and to your team members. Do not make inflated promises about future possibilities for individual employees or the organization as a whole. Set an example of scheduling, concentration, and availability for your colleagues. Consider ways you can structure your business in order to weather downturns [...]