You can tell a lot about a person based on how they use the word “plan.”

Some people use the word as an escape hatch, meaning they will “try” to do something. This occurs in statements like: “I will plan to do X”, but you can hear the hedging in their voice. I will plan to do it, but I am not promising its completion.

Others use plan as a substitute word for commitment. They say things like: “I will plan to do X” and mean that they are scheduling it in and making preparations to do it. It is on the plan to be done.

Your language is not only the gateway to your intent; it is a harbinger of your integrity. Choose your words with intentionality and plan to do what you say.

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About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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