It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone who wants to exist must be in want of someone on whom to Rely.
From the moment we're conceived, we start our reliance on people, things, conditions, etc., in order to continue our existence.
We start out by relying on our Mother, in whose womb we begin the process of becoming human. Upon our birth, we rely on our caretakers to nurture us, help us grow strong and healthy; help us define who we are, and who we can become in this life.
No matter how independent, how well we function "alone" in this world, the truth is, that we all rely on others to help us meet our needs and wants. We do not exist ALONE!
We rely on things—our cars to get from point A to point Z, and everywhere in between, and the mechanic who makes that happen. We rely on food, the people who grow it, and the supermarket that carries it. We rely on doctors, nurses, sanitation engineers, the post office, the postman, teachers, hairdressers; we even rely on traffic lights to function properly. We rely on things that will make our lives better, and run smoother.
We rely on conditions—the air we breathe; its safety and its ability to continue to fill our lungs. We rely on the environment; on the fact that is has maintained life for billions of years, and that it will continue to do so.
When the people, things, and conditions on which we rely aren't ReliABLE, we end up with broken people, stranded, poisoned, etc.
Reliability, then, is a strong and powerful character trait. Being ReliABLE = being RemarkABLE. We rely and are relied upon.
There are certain conditions and people, however, that cannot be relied upon. When that happens, trust is broken, and uncertainty prevails.
I invite you to become ReliABLE in your life. What does that mean? Being reliable means: you are trusted; you provide safety and comfort to those who need it. You are considered a person of your word. You are considered honorable.
It is not difficult to become ReliABLE. Simply back up your word, follow through. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that someone is there for you, that they will do what they say they'll do. And there's nothing more unsettling than not being able to trust; to wonder if someone's word will be honored.
By ReliABLE I don't mean you become a push-over. You don't want to hear, "Yeah, give it to Jeremy, he'll do it!" Clear boundaries are always important.
When you are ReliABLE people have faith in you because you provide steadiness; you create a feeling of well-being and peace of mind. In your presence, people know what to expect. And in this ever-changing world of ours, where what we expect is not always, or rarely, what we get, reliability is a welcomed breath of fresh air.
Being ReliABLE is the opposite of being a flake. Perhaps you know some flakes in your lives. Those people who are always talking, and promising that, one day they're going to do something; maybe not even one day, maybe the next day. Yet nothing ever happens. "Yeah, I'll be there at 4:00 p.m." they say. At 6:00 p.m., they're still a no show. "I'll get that fixed for you," they promise. But weeks later the broken item remains broken. People stop believing anything that comes out of the flake's mouth. Faith and trust fly out the window.
As much as you rely on others, others rely on you. Be the YOU on whom people can count—that steady rock on whom people can lean.
When you choose to become ReliABLE, you become RemarkABLE. It means you are ABLE to meet the needs of others simply by being true to your word. How much is your Word worth? Does your word have value?
Here are some steps to help you become ReliABLE, hence, RemarkABLE:
1) Stop talking, start doing.
2) Stop promising, start doing.
3) Stop procrastinating, start doing.
As you can see, the steps are really One Step: Start Doing!