Less Talk, More Walk: The Power of Doing Over Saying

BY: Neighbors’ Consejo|

We live in an era where opinions flow freely, and words seem to hold sway over deeds. However, there is a powerful paradigm that calls us to shift our focus from the verbosity of speech to the transformative impact of action. Join us on this journey as we navigate the landscape of actions, exploring how they not only define us but also have the power to shape the world around us.

Why should we talk less and listen more [1] ?

  1. Knowledge is power.
  2. You won’t reveal anything you will regret later.
  3. You won’t say anything dumb.
  4. You won’t use up your material.
  5. The person who’s doing the talking will feel understood and cared about.
  6. You may gain inside information.
  7. When you do speak, people will listen.

According to Random Acts of Leadership [2] , “listening generously in a way that has someone experience being fully heard and supported, so that they walk away believing in themselves and their ability to make a bigger difference than they ever imagined. Shut someone’s voice down, no matter how much you dislike or are offended by the message or the messenger, and you are more likely to draw attention to the very thing you wanted to silence than achieve the objective of actually keeping them quiet.”

How to get it [3] ?

  • Listen attentively to the speaker. Ask relevant questions, nod and maintain eye contact.
  • Clarify by asking the speaker to expand on certain points as necessary. Be sure you understand what they are saying.
  • Respond and reflect on what is being said. Summarize or paraphrase what you have heard. Thank them for taking time to speak with you.
  • Retain the information for later. Take notes and follow-through on any to-dos.

“Dan Lyons, author of The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World says that overtalking can be compulsive: Talkaholics don’t talk just a little bit more than everyone else, but a lot more… Even when they know that other people think they talk too much. By holding back and listening more attentively, you will be able to get all the facts and provide a much more considered answer at work [4] .”

In conclusion, our exploration into the ethos of “speak less, do more” underscores the profound impact that actions can have when prioritized over mere words. This paradigm shift challenges us to reconsider the prevailing culture of verbosity and embrace a more intentional and impactful approach to living. By navigating through the realms of personal growth, professional endeavors, and societal contributions, we have unveiled the transformative potential that lies in taking tangible steps towards our goals.






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