Practicing what you preach may sound simple but it is one of the most difficult things to do. Ask yourself how often have you advised a friend to “Stop overthinking”; “Do something you love”; or “Be punctual”. And how many times have you let your thoughts run amok, found yourself stuck in a rut, or being late for work?
We all are guilty of not practising what we preach. But why is it that despite knowing what is right for us, we still find it difficult to adhere to what we ask others to follow? Sometimes, preaching is easier than practising. Because when it comes to bringing a change, we refuse to step out of our comfort zone. In life, such attitude and approach don’t work, especially if you are a parent, a manager, a teacher or into any profession where you have to lead by example.
Truth be told, you grow when you set positive examples for others and bring promising changes to your life. And you can do this effectively when you practice what you preach. Here’s how you can do this:
Don’t be afraid to try something new
When you are comfortably accustomed to your daily routine and are working round the clock, you shy away from opening up yourself to change. When you ask someone to try something new, ask yourself if you would be comfortable in stepping out of your comfort zone and adopting the change yourself. When you consciously change your course with your actions, you are eventually changing your destiny too. It is only after you have followed through with your own advice will you be in a position to preach the same to others.
Take one step at a time
If you are advising someone to be on time, make sure you are sticking to your timelines too. If you yourself practice punctuality like a ritual, it reflects on your integrity and dependability. In this way, you not only become reliable for others, but you also inculcate a sense of confidence in yourself. Remember, a punctual person is likely to be taken more seriously than someone who turns up late and doesn’t value time.