People know you by what you say, but they judge you by what you do. When I was growing up, the highest praise that one could receive is that you were a ‘man of your word.’
If your good words are not supported by good deeds, pretty soon people will know you as a person lacking integrity. Your words will not be believed.
It is important that we speak truth; plainly and honestly – and as tactfully as circumstances permit; but it is even more important that we ‘practice what we preach. As my grandmother was fond of saying, “Your actions speak so loud I can’t hear a word you say.” An example of actions negating words comes from a colleague of mine who described a boss that announced an ‘open door’ policy when he took charge, and then immediately organized his office in such a way that it was nearly impossible for the average employee to see him. The details are not important, but suffice to say, his actions completely contradicted his words. I don’t need to tell you what people thought of him or his policy.
Keep foremost in your mind as you go about the business of daily living: if you don’t ‘walk the talk,’ people will quickly reach a state of not believing a word you say.