Promises: Easily made and easily broken, right? People suck at keeping promises. Many of our promises are left broken. New Year’s Resolutions are only kept by 8% of people. Only 40-50% of people stay married. Politicians don’t stay true to their word, so why should we? Why are we so bad at keeping these and other promises?
Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, a social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept and an inspiration for Forest City’s CARE Contest, dives into this very question head first at his recent TED Talk.
Why? Why don’t we keep our promises? Is it the amount of information we take in each day? Is it our memory? Are we just reimagining or forgetting the things we commit to one another? Are Hollywood endings giving us unreasonable expectations? Do we actually understand exactly what a promise is?
So how do we make a point of keeping these promises? How do we not break the heart of someone we love? Share your promise. Plan on how to keep a promise to your family, to your friends or your co-workers and actually KEEP it. Watch Sheen’s talk and see how he thinks promises can be made and kept. We owe it to each other. We owe it to ourselves.
“Sometimes we don’t need a miracle. Sometimes we just need people to do what they said they were going to do in the first place; to be there for your friends and your family. To fight for a cause through thick and thin. The promises that we make – make this world.” – Alex Sheen