The Punxsutawney rodent promised that spring would be arriving within six weeks of February 2 this year. He lied.
Here in the plains states, we experienced summer-like days in the 70’s last week. This week our neighbors to the west and north are digging out of a foot or more of the white stuff. We complain of cabin fever and winter coat weariness. We long for sunny days and light breezes when we can walk the scenic trails, have brunch on our decks and enjoy the clean, fresh air as we shoot a long-awaited round of golf. We lament the apparent inaccurate predictions of Punxsutawney Phil…but then, we never REALLY put that much faith in the furry little fellow, did we? One Ohio authority even decided to indict Phil.
We grumble, tongue-in-cheek about the groundhog lying to us. In real life, catching people in lies is not so funny. Inconsistencies in stories, omission of key information, lack of follow through in commitments and just outright lies tear at the fabric of strong relationships.
Trust is an essential component in lifelong relationships. The best path to trust is consistency in actions, under promising and over delivering, and here’s a concept: just tell the truth.
You don’t have to promise Spring in 6 weeks, but you can commit to communicating the status as it becomes available. THAT is something you can control!