Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Our words say a lot about us as people. As the common saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.” Sit with that for a moment—do your actions match your words? Are your morals and beliefs holding true to what you show to the world? Are your everyday actions proving that you are the person you believe yourself to be? If not, it’s time to chance that. Words are just words, but our actions hold power.
Everyday, whether intentionally or not, we tell people who we are through our words, and life stories. We speak passionately about how we see the world, what we want, what we need, and how we’d like to lead a more godly life. But what if we separate what we say to others with with our everyday actions? How many times will we see our words align with our efforts?
Self-Reflection and Honesty
Self-reflection is needed on this topic, and it can be a challenge when we realize that often our actions don’t necessarily reflect our thoughts. If we’re honest, this can lead us to let down others, as well as ourselves. If the words we speak are not fully enacting an action in our daily life, we set ourselves up for failure. It’s because of this that it’s important we decide not to just sit around and wait for our words and actions to be on the same page. There are steps to help us be more honest with those around us and the intentions we put forth into the world. Begin with allowing yourself to grow and change, and be the change you’d like to see in the world.
Ensure that what you say corresponds with what you do. Decide to take what you say, don’t say, and what you promise to yourself and others seriously. When you make a commitment, make sure you plan to follow through with it. There’s no need to commit to obligations that you know you cannot finish.
Think before you speak. Give yourself time to reflect. So many of our words is said without a thought, or clear intention. Make sure you take responsibility for your words, and in turn your actions. Be consistent and considerate. And of course, always be sure to account for your feelings. Are they true, and are the impact of your words helping or hurting others?
Investigate the conflicts that WILL arise. Mistakes are part of the fabric of our being. No one is perfect, and we are constantly learning and growing as people. We are bound to make mistakes here and there. Forgive yourself and others, but always look for ways to be better! Learn from those mistakes instead of just pushing them aside. Hold yourself accountable for your speech. If you’re looking back at past, account for what you said then and what you’d rather say now. Would your current efforts match your words?
Why is it important? Your words and actions aligning are important for many reasons, and it can carry more weight than you could ever know. It’s important that people can trust your words and expect your actions to match. Earning the trust of others and earning the trust of your own self can only come if the intention that you put out into the world is honest, and hopefully positive. Everything you say can be meaningful, and can mirror your actions. If you say you value your home, family, and friendships, make sure those around you can see that. Allow them to see the time and effort you’re willing to invest to make that statement true.