Reliability is a trait human beings must
try to engender in themselves. It is an indispensable need.
The stature of a person is in fact directly proportional to
his or her dependability. Such a person is a team-leader’s
delight and can be expected to meet all kind of targets and
fulfil promises and commitments. A reliable person will never
pass on information that has not been verified.
How can we become reliable in our lives?
Here are some tips that may help.
Firstly, we must learn to be realistic
about our selves and never make a commitment that is beyond
our means. In other words, we must learn to say no to what we
cannot do. Many a time we try to accommodate demands and
requests of people to please them without realizing our own
capacity. Later delays occur and give way to denials and
ultimately a person ends up cornered and condemned for not
honouring his word.
Secondly, we should develop the habit of
noting down “things to do.” Many a time forgetfulness is the
greatest enemy of reliability, especially if we have many
things to accomplish. We should not leave them to our memory
for it is liable to falter. Making a list of things that need
to be done in our cell-phones can make up for any lapses in
Thirdly, we must take up voluntary
responsibilities every now and then to sharpen this trait.
There is no better a way to inculcate a good habit than
practical training. “Practice makes perfect,” they say and it
sure does. This method can specially help parents instructing
their children to become reliable and responsible individuals.
Thus if they ask them to take up some regular household
chores, it will tune them to sharpen this trait.
Fourthly, self-penalization for being
unreliable can also help. This should be done when the cause
of unreliability is carelessness and indifference. Monetary
penalties can serve as a tough reminder as well as a deterrent
to be more careful in future.