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Reliability (Friday Fix Episode 1)

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I launched a Video Blog  or 'Vlog' last Friday. If you missed it you can watch on our Videos page (under 'Gallery') or on our YouTube channel.  Many thanks to the friends who have encouraged us with this project and given valuable feedback. 


Here's a summary and some more thoughts on the topic of reliability.


Definition (from Virtues Project): "Reliability means that others can depend on you. You keep your commitments and give your best to every job. You are responsible. You don't forget, and you don't need to be reminded. Other people can relax knowing things are in your reliable hands."


That sentence in bold made me laugh out loud. No offense to the Virtues Project at all. Reliability is something we should aim for, but to find someone who forgets nothing at all, without being reminded, seems an impossible challenge. 


Famous quote: "Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  —Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789


So what is really reliable in this world today? I say human nature. Human nature is so reliable that people and individuals who realise this fact often earn a living (and more) from it...


 

How? Well, as Human Beings we have feelings. We are creatures of emotion. We learn and develop habits – ways of acting and reacting that allow us to thrive in our relationships and that keep us happy.


 

And big businesses rely on our human nature to make them happy. Commercials and advertisements are designed to play on our emotions. So, instead of "Other people can relax knowing things are in your reliable hands," we get "Businesses can relax knowing things are in your emotional hands."


I forget things all the time, so I keep a calendar, and I set the alarm on my phone to remind me when it is time to work, to get ready to go to a meeting or event. To-Do Lists (courtesy my friend DH) are another great way of remembering things you have responsibility or liability for. Of course if you bite off more than you can chew, you will end up with undigested liabilities (yuck!)


Thought for the week: Prioritising is a big part of being reliable. A reliable person is someone who doesn't always say yes when they are asked to help out with something, because they want to be sure they can keep their word.

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