You can’t just say you’ll do it, you need to follow through with it.
When you make a promise or say you’ll do something, how likely is it that you’ll actually do it? With some people, their word is valuable, almost like gold. It means something when they give it, but for others, it means nothing and is worthless.
The phrase “I give you my word” may not carry the same weight it once did but it still has value. When someone gives you their word, you hope that they’re trustworthy and dependable, not that they’re a flake or a con.
You may have a strict moral code and try to only promise things that you’re sure that you can deliver on. If for some reason, after trying everything you can think of to be able to come through, you still need to renege, you feel terrible.
Some people promise all kinds of things without any intention of following through and have a variety of ways of weaseling out of a promise or commitment. They default on loans, break other people’s trust, and never follow through on their promises.
It’s difficult to be thought of as trustworthy if your word means nothing. If someone gives you their word that they’ll have your back, the last thing you want them to do is back down when things start to get serious and uncomfortable. We want people to keep their promises and do what they say they’re willing to do, no matter how dangerous or awkward things might get.
Let’s say that your ex-boyfriend steals from you and you’re forced to take them to court. Your roommate says they’ll testify that they saw your boyfriend taking money out of your purse. However, when your day in court arrives and your roommate suddenly says they won’t stand up for you, you learn the hard way that their word meant nothing.
Here’s how good you are at keeping your word and being trustworthy, based on your zodiac sign.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You want to keep your promises, you really do. You want everyone to be happy so you promise them the moon. However, you’ve got so many things going on and you’re pulled in a hundred different directions, so sometimes you forget and those promises seem to fall through the cracks. You’re not trying to be a jerk; in fact, it’s just the opposite: you’re almost too nice. Try not to be so free with your promises. Think about it logically and if you don’t think you can deliver, don’t say that you can.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Your word is definitely your bond. If you say you’ll do something, you’ll do it. The caveat is that you rarely promise anything. It’s difficult enough earning your trust in the first place and you’re not going to promise anything to someone you don’t trust.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
The truth is you want to come through with your promises but it’s not always easy for you to deliver. However, you do have a talent for making it seem like you kept your word even if you didn’t. It’s hard to be angry with you when you fail to keep your promise because you mean well, it’s just that sometimes you get distracted. But next time, you’ll absolutely, 100 percent keep that promise… you hope.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
You’d hate for anyone to think of you as someone who didn’t keep their word or who broke their promises without any regards to the other person, so you generally keep your promises. You won’t promise something that you’re not fairly certain you can deliver on. A broken promise is not unlike a broken heart and you’d hate to cause anyone that type of pain.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
You know that people tend to look up to you, so it’s a point of pride and honor that you try to keep your promises. However, since Leos are often politicians, you try to make campaign promises that wouldn’t be outrageously difficult to keep, though it can be challenging. You want to make the kind of promises you can deliver because you’d feel terrible if you let people down.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
If you give your word on something, you’ll do everything in your power to make good on it. You feel compelled to keep your promises so you won’t agree to something that you can’t imagine doing. If someone wants you to do something that goes against what you believe it, you won’t do it, no matter what the consequences are.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
You want to be liked and what better way to earn people’s appreciation than to promise them whatever they want? If you want to do it, great, but if you’re not really into keeping your word, you’ll flake. You’ll feel terrible when you’ve disappointed someone and will try to charm yourself back into their good books. You wanted to keep your word, you really did.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Do you keep your promises? Yes? Is it easy to get you to make a promise in the first place? No. You won’t give your word on something unless you’ve thoroughly researched it and vetted the person doing the asking. You feel that making a promise that you don’t intend to keep is tantamount to lying. And you hate liars. But you will work hard to make good on a promise, and there’s not much that can stop you.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
You don’t take promises as seriously as you could. You make ’em, you break ’em, but it’s no big deal. The good thing is that you’re so entertaining and upbeat, it’s difficult to be mad at you when you fail to keep your word. You may not keep your promises but you’re happy to buy the next round of drinks!
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Your word is ironclad and you wouldn’t make a promise unless you knew you could keep it. You can’t stand it when people don’t keep their promises to you and you’d hate to bring that kind of bad blood upon yourself. Your word is like money in the bank: it’s something that you can rely on when you need it the most.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
You keep your word but if the person you are promising does something to piss you off, then they’re going to get a lecture from you that’s so biting and fierce that they may regret asking you in the first place. You’re also not going to make a promise just because, you’re going to need a list of reasons why they’re deserving of a promise from you.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Yes, you try to keep your promises, even to people who betrayed you in the past; people to whom others would not be as kind and giving to as you are. Now, you may get so involved in a project that you forget that you promised your deadbeat ex that you’d pick them up at the car repair, but when you do remember, you’ll feel bad about it and will be sure to say yes the next time they ask for something. You get into patterns with promises.