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What you do speaks so loudly; what you say I cannot hear.

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These words uttered by Tim Marks have been going round and round in my head lately. They have taken quite a long time to sink in though, which is kind of funny, considering the gist of what he is saying is that actions speak louder than words.

How true is this sentiment in leadership though? How many times has this pronouncement been made? Why does the message make total sense when you say it out loud, yet become garbled when you attempt to move the thought to action?

Am I the only one who gets tired by just thinking about being the type of person who leads by example and not just pointing at a person and say “do”? I realize that this sounds silly – and it is. However I think this is just my brain’s way of handling the stress of trying to be more; to be better than what I am.

Instead of taking a chance or allowing myself to get a little uncomfortable my brain tells me to hang back and manage the situation from a distance that it is comfortable with. The result is no result, which keeps my wheels spinning while getting no real traction on the situation.

So, the question I ask myself is this – How do I break the cycle of insanity I have created by making the same mistake over and over again while expecting a different result?

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