Lou Holtz is one of the most quoted football coaches in history. One of my favorite Lou Holtz quotes is actually a series of three questions.

There are 3 things that everybody wants to know about you:

1) Are you committed to excellence?
2) Do you care about me?
3) Can I trust you?

If you’re wondering how others might answer these questions about you, you might first want to ask them of yourself.

1) Are you committed to excellence?

How do you define excellence in your life? In your work? In your relationships? Do you accept mediocrity in any area that you profess to value? Commitment breeds action. If you are truly “committed” to something, it will show through your actions. What actions are you currently taking that show you are committed to excellence?

2) Do you care about me?

Do you genuinely care about other people? Are you concerned about their concerns? Is their well-being important to you? If so, what are you doing about it? How do you show other people that you care about them? Words are cheap – if you care, do something to show it. If you don’t care….well, you might be able to fake it for a while, but people will eventually realize the truth.

3) Can I trust you?

I believe that if you are committed to excellence and you truly care about other people, then you can be trusted. I know that I trust people who are committed to excellence and who care about me.

Think about your response to these three questions as they relate to each person you encounter today. Then observe how your response to each of these questions impacts the actions you take throughout the day.

The results may surprise you.