Today someone asked me,
This was my answer:
A spoken promise is this wonderful obligation you hang within your own reach, begging to be made good on.
A spoken promise is the golden opportunity you give to yourself.
When you make a promise you are putting your good word at stake, and with the actions you then take to deliver on your word you have created your self-worth and your value to others.
You have built upon your reputation, coming full circle to growing the credibility of your word when you next speak.
You have accepted the responsibility to deliver, you have been held accountable, and you are transformed, the engineer of your own growth and self-development.
Not only do you grow, you become trustworthy.