“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” — Mark Twain
Less talk. More action.
An epidemic of talk is upon us. Look anywhere on the major social media networks, and you’ll find what appear to be experts on any given topic. But when you dig a little deeper, there is little substance.
Ideas are plenty.
Anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone can share them and shine bright with enough popularity. But have they practiced what they preach so fervently? What is the worth of words without deeds? “If your actions don’t live up to your words, you have nothing to say.” [DaShanne Stokes]
Talk is often a mask people wear. Words distort reality by projecting an illusion. If you want to peek behind the mask and dispel the illusion, simply observe their actions. Most people do not attempt to deceive out of malice. They are simply providing a glimpse of who they wish to be.
There is no doubt ideas stimulate the mind, regardless of the source. But if you want words to resonate, anchor them in experience. “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” [Lewis Cass]
Love is an act, not a saying. The words “I love you” ring hollow in the absence of small gestures and deeds. “No matter what words are spoken, actions betray the truth of everyone's heart.” [Sherrilyn Kenyon]
Identity is a series of acts, not words. To paraphrase Thomas Ingram, thoughts and beliefs shape who you are, but your identity is revealed with each action you take.
Wisdom is gained only through action. The illusion of wisdom without action is knowledge untested. Discounting favorable circumstances, street smarts always trump book smarts.
Twitter is aflame with countless nuggets dressed up as wisdom, but “a well done is better than well said.” [Benjamin Franklin]
Lead with action. Follow with words.