Walk Your Talk … or better yet … Talk Your Walk!

What's coming out of YOUR mouth? And why does it matter?

What's coming out of YOUR mouth? And why does it matter?

Most everybody these days knows what the phrase “walk your talk” means. Don’t just say it, DO it. Put up or shut up. Put your money where your mouth is. That kind of thing. The phrase was originated (I think) to refer to people who had big dreams (their “talk”) and made them happen (their “walk”). But I think most people who walk their talk do it backwards.

Here’s what I mean. You know the guy who is constantly spouting off about everything that is wrong in his life, even though he has plenty of things to be thankful for. Or the woman who whines all the time about just about everything. Ugh. Hard to be around, isn’t it? This kind of negative talk gets real old real fast. Sometimes you just wanna sock ’em!

The interesting thing is, these people’s lives never — ever, ever, ever — change into those dreams they hold so dear and complain about not having. Gee, I wonder why. Because what you focus on is what you get, that’s why. Period.

So how ’bout trying this phrase on backwards for a while:  “Talk your walk.” Start talking about the good things in your life, feeling appreciation, and enjoy envisioning yourself in new scenarios you want to create. And just bite your tongue — or put duck tape over your mouth if you have to — every time you feel yourself starting to spout the same ole stuff about what’s wrong with the world. Change your habit of negativity and watch what happens.

If nothing else you’ll attract more friends because they will enjoy your company a whole lot more than before — if you even HAD friends before.

Enough ranting. I know how hard it is not to be negative when things are going wrong in your life — I’ve had my fair share of those circumstances. But I also know first hand the truth of this phenomenon — you get what you focus on — and have seen it play out with others as well.

It’s your choice. You can dream big and talk about it — in a positive way, and talk yourself into a new walk, or you can dream big and talk about all the obstacles that are in the way and all the reasons you can’t realize your goals — in which case you’ll just keep walking that same old, worn-out path.

The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be. … Raymond Charles Barker

I hope you decide that yours is going to be great . . . and start talking about it that way!

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    Richard said,

    “Conceive, Believe, Achieve” was an early W.Clement Stone motivational personal mantra — and it is true. The recorded message that you play in your head all day long is the one that you will act out. It really does matter what you say to others and to yourself. Here’s to deciding on positive messages! Have a great day! (Even Jean-Luc Picard, Star Fleet Commander says “Make it so!”)


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