Thou Shall Not Overpromise But Underdeliver

You must learn that if you are to succeed in your mission, you must put in the effort. It is common to underestimate the amount of work required to keep your promises. At the end of the day, you realise you overpromised but underdelivered. Jeff Bezos wrote in a 1997 letter to Amazon shareholders, “When I interview people, I tell them, ‘You can work long, hard, or smart, but you can’t choose two out of three at’.” Here’s something to think about: how much effort will it take to keep our promises?

Because of the greed, lust, and immaturity in the world around you, it is acceptable to overpromise but underdeliver. However, you must rise above that. You are called to a higher standard than the norm in your world. In Romans 12:2, the Bible warns us not to conform to the behaviours and customs of a mediocre world. As a result, you should not imitate those who exaggerate their accomplishments. They’ve never put in enough time or resources to produce excellent results. They simply lie about their actual outcomes. Your work should reflect the righteous nature of God. Do not seek results you are unwilling to work for.

Apostle Paul told Timothy to “practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:15 ESV). You must be willing to let your result do the talking. This is only possible if you shut up and immerse yourself in your work. This is a spiritual principle: those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! (Psalm 126:5). If you want the shouts of joy during your harvest season, you have to work hard. Working for as long as you can, as hard as you can while being smart about it. There is no other way to deliver.

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