Words have great power. I’ve witnessed it time and time again when you hear something powerful, read something wonderful, write something meaningful. Words can change emotions, touch your heart, turn your mind in a different direction. Two years ago I created a post on this blog about this very topic:
But it’s time for an update. Because even with the world’s greatest, most moving, inspiring and meaningful words there can be one thing missing when you hear them, say them, or write them.
The missing ingredient is action.
Without action the words ring hollow, kind of hanging out there in space, floating in thin air, ready,waiting to make magic, if only you would act on them.
Even inspiring words like:
For things to change, you have to change.
If you want more than you’ve got, you must become more than you are.
For things to get better, you have to get better.
Those words make you stop and think, maybe in ways you haven’t before, and they are powerful, but put into action they can be life-changing. Within those powerful written words there is the call to action: you have to change, you must become more than you are, you have to get better.
It’s not easy, if it was everyone would do it. Reading the words is part of it, hearing them spoken is part of it, writing them down makes them real, but nothing replaces doing them. Nothing can replace the act of working toward what you want, nothing replaces the act of showing respect, nothing replaces the act of giving all the love you can and that someone else deserves.
I’ve learned as a blogger, as an author, as a speaker, as an insurance sales agent and team leader, as a father and as a husband, for others to believe you can’t just say it, you have to show it,. You must be consistent, be bold, lead by example, be engaged, show compassion, and show love. Even as I write these words I know there are times I fall short, that I am speaking, but not always showing the example, talking, but not always engaging, writing, but not always following through. I also know I am big enough to admit that it is always a work in progress, that you must turn the words into the actions that make a difference, especially in the lives of other people, for when you do, your own life is transformed.
I also know it because when I do it right, I can see the amazing results and if I fall short, then others and in turn myself, are not better off. It’s so obvious, so apparent between the incredible transformation for others and for yourself when you do it right and the mundane, hollow feelings when you don’t, that how could you ever consider missing the mark? Yet we do. I know I do sometimes, after all we are human.
I ask the question of anyone reading this – are you consistent? Do you say what you mean and mean what you say? Do you turn words into “reality”, something tangible you can feel, and others can receive and hold you accountable? We are not perfect. The ultimate goal in life is productivity, to constantly strive to become more than you ever imagined and to live up to your potential. In order to do that you’ve got to give depth to your thoughts, goals and dreams by turning the words you say, speak or write into the one thing that will move other people and in turn enact change in your own life: action.
To Love,to serve, to care. Take those words, think them, say them, write them down. Then go out and do the one thing which turn those powerful words into a life-changing event for others and then for yourself: action.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Emmy Winner, Sales Leader, USHEALTHAdvisors
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