Not many things bother me greatly but one of my biggest pet peeves is tardiness. Specifically, waiting on people for an appointment. I came across an article the other day that I thought drove home the importance of being punctual so I thought I would share some of the key points. I hope you enjoy.– Luke
Being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity. If you tell someone you will meet them at a certain time, you have essentially made a promise. If you show up late, even just five minutes, you have essentially broken that promise. Being on time shows you are a man of your word.
Being punctual shows you are dependable.
Being punctual builds your self confidence. Showing up on time not only tells other people you are dependable, it teaches you that you can depend on yourself. The more you keep the promises you make, the more your self confidence will grow.
Being punctual assures you’re at your best. After riding someone’s bumper, speeding like a maniac, scanning for cops and cursing at red lights, its hard to then turn your focus to making a presentation at a meeting. But when you show up on time, better yet a little early, you have a few minutes to collect your thoughts.
Being punctual builds and reveals your discipline. The punctual person shows that he can organize his time, that he pays attention to details, he can set aside a pleasure to take care of business.
Being punctual shows your humility. That bumper sticker maxim “Always late but worth the wait” shows that tardiness and an overestimation of one’s worth sometimes go hand in hand. People will be glad to see you when you arrive, but they would have been gladder still had you come on time.
Being punctual shows respect for others. Being late is a selfish act, for it puts your needs above another’s.
Being late is a form of stealing. That’s a tough truth but a truth nonetheless. When you make others wait for you, you rob minutes from them they will never get back.
Being late hurts your professional career. Whether you are an employee or in business for yourself, being late can hinder your professional success.
“Better never than late.” George Bernard Shaw