Is it difficult to practice what you preach?

It may appear simple, but practicing what you preach is one of the most difficult things to do. How many times have you told a buddy to “Stop overthinking,” “Do something you enjoy,” or “Be punctual?” How many times have you allowed your mind run wild, gotten trapped in a rut, or been late for work because of it?

We’re all guilty of not following our own advice. But why is it that, despite knowing what is best for us, we yet struggle to follow the advice we provide to others? Preaching is sometimes easier than practicing. Because we are unwilling to leave our comfort zones when it comes to making a change. Such an attitude and approach will not work in life, especially if you are a parent, a boss, a mentor, or in any career that requires you to lead by example.

To be honest, you grow when you provide a good example for others and make positive adjustments in your own life. And you can accomplish this efficiently if you follow your own advice. Here’s how to go about it.

Set some goals to help you get started. Short-term goals are effective because they take use of your mind’s natural workings. The joy we experience when we earn a reward, for example, is linked to the dopamine our brain releases when we anticipate that reward. Your brain treats the prospect of being able to tick off a worthwhile objective as a reward. As a result, earning these continuous rewards is more gratifying and inspiring than aiming for some distant, future goal.

So, when you’re defining a new goal for yourself, consider how you may divide the activity into three categories: actions, goals, and dreams. Steps are short chores that can be completed in two days or less. If your objective is to learn a new language, you may choose to enroll in a class or purchase a workbook.

Short-term and long-term objectives should both be included in goals. The short-term goals, which should take about a week to fulfill, should build up to the long-term goals, which should take around a month.

Finally, dreams are long-term objectives that will take three months or more to achieve. So, if your desire is to write a book, you might start by writing one page a day, then set a short-term goal of writing 2000 words per week, and a long-term goal of finishing a chapter per month.

Next, keep in mind that everyone is watching you, therefore you must lead by example. Parents frequently complain about their children’s poor listening skills or impoliteness. What they don’t realize is that it is they who are influencing their child. When youngsters are too young to appreciate the complexity of self-discipline, their natural impulse is to copy their parents’ behavior, according to one study. If the parents yell at each other or lose their cool, their child will see this as typical or acceptable behavior. Leading by example is the only way to change this mindset. Every bit of advise you give will be ineffective if your behaviors are confusing or conflicting.

It’s all too simple to give someone advice while simultaneously seeking for reasons to ignore it yourself. You aren’t the only one who thinks this way. Keep your vows to yourself and stick to them. Others will follow if you set an example. People will trust you more if you practice what you teach, and you will become a role model for them. You will become a leader who others desire to follow if you walk the talk.

Check out my related post: Do you have tiny habits?


Interesting reads:

https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/andygram/don-t-preach-what-you-don-t-practice

https://thecareerexperts.com/experts/practice-what-you-preach-ethics-are-good-for-business/

http://educatedpt.com/articles/2015/9/28/practice-what-you-preach-a-case-study-on-my-self-management-of-thoracic-outlet-syndrome

https://www.pickthebrain.com/practice-what-you-preach/

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/feature/practice-what-you-preach

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