Mentoring is about walking your talk
Friendship is about walking your talk
Relationship is about walking your talk
Parenting is about walking your talk
Keeping Promises is about walking your talk 4
An old Swedish proverb says that
“we get too soon old; and too late smart” . . .
if that were true, no one would learn
much of anything beyond some point,
let alone benefit from it.
I believe that we never stop learning;
that most of us do get “smarter”;
that we can get our act together
as we mature . . .
that as long as we breathe, we have a shot . . .
it ain’t never too late.

. . . our actions make all the difference.
That is no secret.
It is nicely illustrated by this story about
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi:
A man brought his grandson to Gandhi
in hope that the wise man would tell his grandson
to stop eating refined sugar.

Gandhi invited them to return in two weeks.

When they did so,
he immediately advised the boy to stop eating refined sugar.

        After thanking Gandhi,
        the grandfather asked him
        why he asked them to wait two weeks.

                “
Two weeks ago,”
                Gandhi replied,
                        “
I was still eating sugar.” 1

. . . . about walking your talk
                                                            Walking Your Talk
                                                           
 making your actions match
                                                             your words
Some Talk the Talk . . .
. . . but stumble walking the walk . . .

. . . a man was being tailgated
by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard.

Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him.
He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk,
even though he could have beaten the red light
by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn,
screaming in frustration as she missed her chance
to get through the intersection with him.

As she was still in mid-rant,
she heard a tap on her window and looked up
into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched,
fingerprinted, photographed,
and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours,
a policeman approached the cell
and opened the door.

She was escorted back to the booking desk
where the arresting officer was waiting
with her personal effects.

She was still very angry,
and demanded to know why he had arrested her in the first place.

He said,
"
I'm very sorry for this mistake.
You see, I pulled up behind your car
while you were blowing your horn,
flipping the guy off in front of you,
and cussing a blue streak at him.

I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do" bumper sticker,
the
'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker
and the chrome-plated
fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car." 2
Without awareness
of how we are,
     it is impossible
     to truly walk the talk,
             since the talk doesn't know
                     what the walk is doing!
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Acknowledgements:
Walking Your Talk
[1 - 5] ~Authors Unknown
Don't just walk "the" Talk . . .
Walk
your talk
one moment
one minute
one hour
one day
        . . . at a time . . .
First you talk the talk.

Then you talk the walk.

Then you walk the talk.

Then you walk the walk. 3
Walk Your Talk-1
Walking Your Talk
is all about how important it is to make your actions
match what you believe - and talk about; it is
being a daily, living example of
“practicing what you preach”.

Gandhi’s actions matched his words,
the woman’s didn’t
        Gandhi walked his talk;
                the woman didn’t.

Walking your talk
demonstrates your integrity,
and strengthens and increases your credibility,
both your own belief in yourself,
as well as that of others in you . . .

because you
walk your talk;
it leads people to trust and respect you
- for they want to trust you –
        but they want to “see”
        that you are for real.

       When your actions don’t match your words,
       people always immediately notice
       (especially your children), and
               see the contradiction as hypocrisy,
                       and become skeptical and cynical.

       Then it’s time for the four A's:
       Awareness,
               Asking,
                       Acceptance
, and
                                        Acknowledge.

Awareness:
You need to start noticing
when your thoughts, words
and actions
don’t match up.

Asking:
You need to start asking yourself
the tough questions
        about
why
        they aren’t
                matching.

                        Acceptance:
                You need to accept the fact
                that you're human:
       
 that you make mistakes,
  have fears,
and aren't perfect,
                       
and

Acknowledge:
You need to acknowledge
and
admit this,
as well as your
inconsistency,
     when others have noticed
     and commented,
               
with humility
               and grace

                       - that’s ownership,
                                  and integrity.
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From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017

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