One of the principles I think is really important in life is what I call walking your talk. This is when you do what you say you’re gonna do when you say you’re gonna do it.

In today’s video, I’m gonna talk about 5 things that happen when you DO walk your talk and 6 things that happen when you DON’T walk your talk.


Transcript

One of the principles I think is really important in life is what I call walking your talk. This is when you do what you say you’re gonna do when you say you’re gonna do it.

In today’s video I’m gonna talk about five things that happen and six things that happen when you don’t walk your talk. So we’re going through five things about what happens if you do walk your talk and six things that happen when you don’t walk your talk.

So let’s jump in and start with the things that do happen.

  1. Number one, you’re believable. When you walk your talk people are gonna take you at your word. They are gonna believe what you say is true.
  2. Number two, you don’t have to remember what you’ve told others because it’s the truth as you know it. If you’re walking your talk and you’re telling people the truth, you don’t have to try to remember and say what did I tell that person about this, or how did I shade the truth that way? Because if you lie people will not trust you. It’s that simple. If you want people to trust you you have to learn to walk your talk.
  3. You’re going to physically feel better. It’s not gonna be a pit in your stomach of being found out that you’re a fraud or being found out that you lied or being found out that you’re not doing what you want to do, or you’re not being moral. Now, in business the only thing that we really have is our reputation and the best way to kill your reputation, don’t walk your talk. The best way to build your reputation, walk your talk.
  4. Others are gonna feel good about hanging out with you and doing business with you. When you walk your talk you’re being consistent, you’re being congruent, people can trust what you say is your word. When you say something they get to believe it. They feel good about spending time with you. They feel good about hanging out with you.
  5. Number five, you get to live by this rule. Do onto others as they would have done onto themselves. When you’re walking your talk what you’re doing is you’re respecting other people. It’s a little different than the golden rule but what it does is shows respect for how others want to be treated, not how you want to be treated because the truth is, yes, we all want basically the same thing in life but there are times that others want things that are different than you, and when you walk your talk and you respect what other people want, it’s something that allows people to feel good about hanging out with you. And truth is, when I say feel good about hanging out with you what it really means is, feel good about doing business with you and doing business with your business.

So let’s move to the other side of the ledger. The things that happen when you don’t walk your talk.

  1. If you’re not walking your talk negotiations become much, much more difficult. If people can’t trust what you say they’re not going to want to negotiate with you. They’re gonna be negotiating and saying, this person is trying to get me so if I’m gonna do business with them, I need to get them. Now, for me, I won’t do it. For me it’s win-win or no play. But negotiations with somebody who doesn’t walk their talk, for me I just don’t do it. I’m just not gonna do business with them, but if you decide to do business with somebody like that, or you are somebody like that, I hope that’s not true, negotiations are gonna be really, really difficult.
  2. Your employees don’t believe anything you say. When you don’t tell the truth and your employees know you’re not telling the truth, they don’t believe anything you say because employees tend to be skeptical about the bosses to start with. They’ve been lied to enough by other people they’ve worked for. You’re not the first person they’ve worked for nor are you the first person they’ve ever encountered who didn’t walk their talk. They know that when people don’t walk their talk it’s hard to believe them and it’s hard to trust them.
  3. Number three, and this fits in with your employees not believing, you’re not seen as a trustworthy partner. When you’re not walking your talk you’re not seen as being trustworthy or trusted and people are going to put you through more work than you need to go through because they say we need to verify. It’s not trust but verify, it’s verify because you’re not trustworthy. I don’t want you to be there. I really do want you to learn that walking your talk is a little bit difficult. Sometimes you have to have those difficult conversations but that’s okay.
  4. If you’re not walking your talk when you delegate, you’re gonna find it much more difficult because typically, if you’re not walking your talk you’re also blaming others when things go wrong, or justifying your behavior, and it’s hard to come back to somebody when you’re having a hard time and say I’m having a hard time. Can you help me along with something? So when you delegate you’re gonna find it’s much more difficult.
  5. Now, I know this is strong language for number five, but it’s really true. When you don’t walk your talk you’re seen as a liar. Now, people are not gonna say, “You know, you’re a liar, “I can’t trust you. “I don’t want to do business with you.” You’re never gonna hear that. They’re just going to behave differently with you than with somebody who they trust a lot. So if you’re not walking your talk you’re gonna be seen as a liar. It’s gonna take you more time to get things done. It’s gonna be more difficult to get things done. And I’m sure that’s not something you want.
  6. Finally, if you’re not walking your talk it becomes impossible to be personally responsible. Because you’re gonna blame others when things go wrong. You’re gonna justify actually your actions and no one wants to listen to that. They want you to be personally responsible because it makes it easier for them to hang out with you, and easier for people to do business with you.

Well, that’s my list of the dos and don’ts about walking your talk. Why don’t you scroll down and leave a comment with what some of your reasons for walking your talk might be?

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It is Josh Patrick. I’m the founder of The Sustainable Business. Thanks a lot for stopping by. I hope to see you back here really soon and remember, walk your talk.

Topics: Video, Sustainable Business, personal responsibility, delegation, how to hire for unique abilities, walking your talk, being believable, telling truth, negotiations, being trustworthy

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