Words carry a lot of weight in our world – especially when communicating in the business world. Not only do we examine words, but we probe how we say them and what we say with them. I know I’m not the only one who re-reads emails a million times to be sure my words are succinct and convey what I want them to. And, yes. I realize not everyone can be a neurotic perfectionist like me. Some people are much less deliberate with their words.
Of course, we also examine the actions bringing the words into being. After all, actions speak louder than words. Right? You can talk about your dreams, but it requires a lot more energy to take action and bring the dreams into reality. While you sit there jabbering about the things you want to do, what are you actually doing about it? Sometimes, it’s a lot easier to talk about these things than actually do them.
Chances are there are even actions you take that you haven’t acknowledged with words. Maybe you’re trying to be someone you’re not? Are you trying to control things out of your control? Maybe you’re doing an incredible job at work, but you’re too busy to even realize. By attaching words to these actions, we take small steps toward squashing bad habits or realizing positive actions.
Actions vs. words
The more often we can align our words with our actions, the clearer we articulate our truths and express who we want to be. When was the last time you examined your words and your actions? Do they line up with each other?
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