A promise is a commitment to follow through on what was said. It basically means that a person has given their word or assurance that they will do something for you in the future, which could be anything from a small favor to a significant commitment.
Many people are good at keeping their word, which makes them reliable and trustworthy.
Sadly, being human and all, others may have failed to honor their promises in the past, breaking the special trust shared among friends.
When someone promises us something, we always want to respond in a manner that shows our appreciation or how we feel about the promise made.
The responses we give to what someone says depend on our relationship with them.
Let’s look at some phrases you can give in response to a promise made.
How Can You Respond To Someone When They Promise Something?
1. “Thank You So Much. You’re The Best!”
This, perhaps, is the most commonly used response when a friend or someone close to us promises us something. “Thank you!” is a powerful phrase that expresses our feelings of gratitude and appreciation for what they have offered to do for us, which could move them to go over and beyond.
For you to use this statement, the person making the promise needs to be one you trust to follow through.
2.“I Can’t Wait!”
We have all experienced that feeling of anxiety and excitement when we are looking forward to something. But this phrase cannot be applied in all instances where a promise has been made. For example, if you found yourself in a fix and your friend promised to lend you some cash, you wouldn’t jump up and down saying, “I can’t wait!”
But let’s say you haven’t seen your best friend in a long time, and then they promise to visit you and bring you that watch or set of jewelry you’ve always wanted… Then, this would be the best response to give, coupled with an emoji or avatar showing your excitement if you are chatting.
Some of us are lucky enough to have people who are always there for us. Some will even make sacrifices just to be able to come through for us. You would want to avoid adding any pressure on someone who has stood by you through thick and thin, whether they gave their word at your request or simply noticed you needed something done and offered to do it for you. This response ensures that they willingly honor their promise.
4.“I Highly Appreciate It!”
“Thank you” is overly used sometimes. People often use it as a standard etiquette whether they enjoy a certain gesture or not. Why not use this phrase instead the next time someone promises you something?
The statement shows politeness on our part. We also show we acknowledge the lengths a person is willing to go to keep their promise.
5.“I Trust You Will Follow Through”
A promise might be given by someone in our life who has never had the chance to prove themselves trustworthy. As such, you can use this response to show that you are willing to give them the ‘benefit of the doubt.’
Also, using the word ‘trust’ in the statement motivates them to do their best to honor their promise.
6.“I’ll Believe It When I See It”
We all have that one friend. In fact, I believe I am that ‘friend’ who is very good at making promises but has a hard time keeping them. It is important to note that sometimes breaking a promise is not ill-intentioned.
Some close friends forget to keep the small promises, but when it comes to something that impacts your overall well-being, they will be there for you. For such people, you don’t put too much hope on them keeping their promise.
And since you know them, you don’t leave your heart open for them to break. Instead, show that you take their promise lightly by using this phrase.
7.“Can I Count On You?”
Usually, this statement is used when we are entrusted with a responsibility for the first time, and the person delegating wants to make sure that we are capable. However, it can also be used when someone promises you something, especially if it’s something that could greatly impact your life.
By using this response, you give them a chance to give a guarantee that they are capable of coming through for you. If you cannot count on them, then maybe you need to look for other options.
8.“I’ll Hold You to That!”
When one of your friends commits to you, and you respond by saying, “I’ll hold you to that,” it lets them know that you will hold them accountable for their promise. This expression implies that you have a certain level of trust in their ability to keep their word and that you are confident they will follow through on their commitment.
You also convey your expectation that your friend will fulfill their pledge and that failure to do so would jeopardize your trust.
9.“When Can I Expect It?”
Suppose you are in dire need of some cash, and your friend promised to lend you money. We consider it common courtesy to let them come through for us at their own pace. But there is nothing wrong with asking when they will be able to follow through.
In fact, this ensures that your friend stays committed to their promise and also spares you from being anxious all the time, not knowing what to expect.
10.“Please Keep Me Updated On The Progress”
This request shows your interest in staying informed about the status of the promise made. It is a gentle reminder to your friend to follow through on their commitment. After all, if they’ve promised something, it’s only fair that they keep you informed as things move forward.
The best part of this response is that you leave the stage open; in case something happens that could affect the possibility of your friend keeping their word, you can work together to make necessary adjustments as you go.