There’s an old saying that "your word is your bond", which meant that what you said, you would hold yourself accountable to do as promised. This was often sealed with a handshake. Back in the day, this kind of arrangement worked pretty well most of the time. The world was moving much more slowly. People were a lot more grounded and somehow better rooted in codes of ethic because close communities and a slower way of life demanded that. In today’s fast paced survival mode world, where the competition can be frightfully oppressive, these old standards can slip right out of grasp as easily as a slip of the tongue can start a snowball effect hurling down the wrong path. In the Second Yoga Principle, I address the power behind the spoken word, which is activated by the energy of the breath-the very connection to the Field that surrounds us. What we exhale out in the spoken word, particularly if we set up a situation and then we are not accountable for it, or it was not spoken in truth, we are sending out energy that will cycle back to us that is of the exact same nature. Here, our spoken words create our future through the dynamic of Karma or the laws of action and reaction. When we tell someone we are going to get back to them, we must do so, no matter how busy we are or how daunting the task may be. We must do what we say we are going to do. We must answer that email, return that phone call, put that note or payment in the mail, RSVP that invitation. If we don’t, we start the downward spiral of not believing in ourselves because we already don’t believe in respecting others, and we can’t trust ourselves to carry through. This is a powerful business dynamic. Be known as someone who’s word is your bond–get the word out that you mean what you say and say what you mean. Word travels fast about this and it helps to secure your success. Your words create your future. Believe……….
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