At some point in your business, you will inevitably find yourself feeling stressed, impatient, overwhelmed, or unmotivated to do what has to be done to move forward.
When this happens, it’s important to find the root cause of these feelings and get them resolved as soon as possible.
Sometimes these feelings are a result of you not doing what you know you should be doing. You are not walking your talk.
Here is a common example I see all the time of someone not walking their talk.
You will hear people say they put their family first. But when you look at their lives, they are working 70 hours a week and rarely see their family.
Their reasoning is they want to provide a better life for their family. In the meantime, they are missing precious moments with their children and significant other.
They are not being honest with themselves about where their true values lie. They are living a fearful, self-centered life chasing an illusion of security that never quite materializes. This leads to the stress and overwhelm I mentioned earlier.
The first step in walking your talk is to be honest with yourself and those around you.
In your business, it is essential that your clients and prospects see you walking your talk.
One of the things I rate high on the list of important traits to have in your business is consistency.
Because consistency is one of the things I place at the top of the list when I consult with clients, it’s important that I walk my talk when it comes to consistency.
For example, I send a weekly newsletter and facilitate a teleseminar on the last Thursday of each month. Every week my subscribers know they will receive a newsletter and every month I will be facilitating a teleseminar.
So when I talk to them about consistency in their own business, they can look to me for the example to follow. This raises their level of trust in me and in my business. They know I will never ask them to do what I am not willing to do myself.
This is not to brag about what I am doing but to simply make a point. Whether you are coaching someone or speaking in front of a group, make sure what you are saying is in line with what you are doing.
The only way you will ever gain the respect and trust of your clients is to walk your talk. Be willing to do what you are asking others to do and lead by example. People tend to pay more attention to what you do rather than what you say.