You Must Be Willing In Order To Have It

Broken Promises

willingAnyone can make a promise. The real question is whether they will actually keep it. In my books, some of the most painful broken promises are the ones we make to ourselves. You truly have to be dedicated to your personal growth and willing to do what it takes to keep your resolutions, if that is your preferred name for the promises you made.

Those resolutions, intentions or promises you made, say on New Year’s Eve, came about because you either have dreamed about attaining those specific goals. In Jamaica, we have a saying, “If you want good, your nose have to run.” That is the thing with promises. They are done in the spirit of having a certain good in your life and to have that, “your nose have to run.”

Willing To Eat The Eye?

Every Tuesday, I share with you a Jamaican proverb to illustrate some aspect of our conversation for the month. This month, we have been discussing promises we made, want to make or need to renew. Last Tuesday Thought©, we discussed the comfort of promises to fools. Check it out here. This week, the Jamaican proverb that I am sharing with you is:

If yu fraid a yeye yu cyaa nyam head

 Watch the video below for the translation and explanation of this proverb and how it relates to promises that you made to yourself.

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Continue to have a great week and do join us next week for another Tuesday Thought©. Remember, we must be willing to do and be what it takes to have what we deeply desire!

Claudette P. Esterine

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8 thoughts on “You Must Be Willing In Order To Have It

  1. You know what I have learned to Keep my promises to myself, because I always go above and beyond to keep my promises to others. I used to be so nasty to ME i.e. any thing I promised myself could wait as long as everybody else got their bit. >>so now how about going to bed NOW coz thats a promise I must learn to keep 🙂 Thanks sis xoxo

    1. Ms Claudette

      This takes me back to my favourite analogy in this regard – the oxygen mask on the airplane. If you cannot breathe, you cannot help anyone. Same is true of taking care of your interests, your goals, etc. So, hope you will start today – keeping the promises to yourself. 🙂

  2. This was so right on time. I’m always a woman of my word when it comes to others, but I tend to allow things go by the wayside for me. My husband just asked me why some things weren’t done for my business and how I need to stay on top of my schedule and focus. It had no reflection on my business as customers could see, but simply me allowing myself to be distracted in helping elsewhere and not focusing on my needs.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, that is an easy trap to fall into. Great that you have your husband to help keep you accountable. That can mean everything. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  3. Oh yes I feel that women especially are hard on themselves and sometimes end up making promises to themselves they cannot keep. Always make your goals doable, so it is easier to get it done. For me as I always say, keep it is not about how many times I fall down but how many times I am willing to get up and try again.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that! Getting up is what counts as that is the true indicator of “strength.” Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I am a girl of my word. If I say I am going to do it. I am going to do it. THE LAST THING I ever want is to feel as if I disappointed ANYONE! That being said, I am VERY particular with what I give my word to! 😉

    1. Ms Claudette

      Right there, in your last statement is where it all starts! Thanks for sharing that GiGi! 🙂

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