I woke up early yesterday morning. And this exact phrase dropped in my mind – The walk is not the talk….
This post is dedicated to all those who find themselves in a position of leading and/ or influencing others. Those who have chosen the path to shine the light for others to follow. Teachers, Coaches, Pastors, Consultants, Content Creators, Lifestyle Bloggers, Leaders of every kind…..
Sometimes, we just keep talking because we have to keep the content coming. As a matter of fact, if you don’t create content or practice your craft on a schedule, that ‘well’ is likely to dry up. Like so many other things in life developing intellectual prowess, or consulting prowess, or content creating prowess, or other room prowess, it’s the law of demand and supply. My point being, it doesn’t matter how intellectual or mundane. If you make a demand on your writing skills, the supply shows up. Same for your singing skills. Same for your body (muscles and strength). It’s all demand and supply. The best analogy I can think of here is about the new mum. She’s told put the baby to the breast, and the milk will come in; and you bet that’s exactly what happens. And it’s the same when you stop putting the baby to the breast, the milk drys up!
In fact, this is exactly what has happened with this post. I had no plans for what I am typing right now, haha! But, I digress. I will expound on this demand and supply theory in my next post. Our topic for today is ‘The walk is not the talk’.
So…people who create content for the purpose of leading and influencing others are at risk. They are at risk of being found ‘wanting’. Wanting the very things they teach about, and consult about, and lead about. It doesn’t get realer than this friends! You must walk your talk. You must discipline yourself and do those very things you advise about, and lead about, and consult about. You must! The talk must be separated from the walk. After talking it, you must take deliberate steps to walk it also. The ideal is for it to be the other way round i.e walk it before you talk it, but hey like what I am doing with this post, the flip is sometimes inevitable. And at other times, the pressure is just real, plain and simple! How does a Pastor not show up to preach on Sunday? Whether he has walked it or not, he must talk. Risky!
But if you keep talking and not walking, you know what’s going to happen to you? Again, I find a Yoruba saying really apt here, and it’s “Waa b’eru e ni’bode” literally translated as you will meet your luggage at the boarder [think of travelling by air with your luggage checked in; it’s only at the boarder we find out who travelled light and who didn’t]. The boarder here represents your moment of truth, your weigh in time. When it’s time for your results to show, guess what counts. It’s your walk buddy! In fact your talk stands as evidence against you in that moment. Walk it buddy!
And in situations where the position is flipped, and you are a consumer of knowledge and insights rather than the creator, guess what the perfect corollary is for you and I in that circumstance – ‘The know is not the do’…haha! It’s not enough to know my friend, we must do. Only knowledge you take in and act on can truly transform your life!
Walk the talk buddy….do the know!
P.S: Don’t forget to share. Sharing makes the world go rouuunnnnd….I’m counting on you! 🙂