Friday, April 8, 2011

You're Known by What You Do, Not What You Say

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.