I made a commitment that I was unable to keep. I procrastinated about telling the person to whom I made the commitment that I simply did not have the time to learn and fulfill the obligation.
Soon after I agreed to help with this project it became apparent that I had not thought through my decision. What I should have done was call the person and explain that the timing was not right. I did not do that. Instead I would make a feeble attempt, procrastinate and then try again a few days later.
Had I backed out sooner I would have saved myself the guilt I have been feeling for not keeping my word AND perhaps he would have been able to find someone better suited for the task.
This week I let him know that I had blown it.
I’m thankful that I finally communicated with him, apologized and requested that I be released from the commitment. His response was so gracious (I expected nothing less) that I wondered why it took me so long.
My plan is to remember a few key things.
Counting the cost before agreeing to something is a wise idea.
Occasionally removing my self from a commitment is the right thing to do.
Communication is key.
Procrastination is not my friend.
Have you found yourself in a similar situation? If so, how did you handle it?
Thanks for reading!