Everybody makes mistakes. So how do you handle broken promises?
Everywhere I turn, I see yet another article telling me, 'don't make promises you can't keep,' 'deliver on your promises,' and 'don't promise what you can't deliver.' Real original, guys. But seriously, where's the bit that helps us get through moments we already made the promise and can't deliver? So far, I've yet to see any business-oriented articles that address that.
Failing Deadlines Seems Promising
See what I did there? Anyway, the best advice I've found yet was about telling a customer you can't meet a deadline. The article is on GetEntrepreneurial.com, a source I've never heard of before and can't vouch for its credibility. Still, the advice sounds good: own up to it, and work on a new timeline. Oh, and make up for it. Which is nice, but I'm not sure how to apply that to my website situation from yesterday.
Another example from Fast Company (another one I'm unfamiliar with), takes a more employee-oriented approach. Plenty of jobs have deadlines, and the general info might be useful if I wasn't a small biz of one I guess. But it doesn't really explain the big picture part much, either.
Guess I'll have to wing it.
Failure, Failure All Around
Sometimes things just don't work out. The project on my other site made working on this one more difficult; the pressure to get it done became a time sink. At this point I don't have enough time to put together a proper weekly review video, either. I really didn't do very well.
In case you're curious, here's the "why:" a couple of deaths in the family and my pre-existing health issues knocked me down for the count quite a few days the last two weeks. I was actually doing really well not long ago, as I was almost a week ahead on articles. Alas, life happens. I forgot to account for the random screwery of the Universe.
Where To Go From Here
This week's review will be a simple post with the links; I'll get back on the horse for next week, I'm sure. As for the other site, I'm honestly not quite sure. I'll probably offer the book for free to those that sign up for it between now and when I do finish it. That way, anyone that was interested isn't left completely in the cold. At this stage, that's about all I can do.
Have you had a similar experience with keeping your business and/or website promises? Let me know, I'd love to hear about how you overcame the challenge!
As I begin this anew, I know only one thing: that I know nothing. Learn with me, and together we will figure this out.
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