Talk Is Cheap – Action Is Not (Usually)

talk is cheapTalk is cheap and because of that, many people talk a lot. It is easy to talk big and bad about your goals but the action to reach new heights is rarely that easy.

Talk Is Cheap

It is easy to tell people that you are going to be a millionaire or a rock star, or that you are going to lose all the weight and get into tiptop shape. It is easy to tell the world of all the mountains (both literally and figuratively) that you plan on summiting. And it is easy to tell everyone how you can fix the world, change it, and make it a better place.

Words are easy… It is easy to say what you are going to do tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year because talk is cheap.

I have been guilty of it at times and I have talked a good game myself. I have done most of what I have set out to do or said that I would do but not always. Over time I have adopted more of a “shut up and show up” philosophy where I just try to keep my damn mouth shut.

One of my favorite Bible versus, Proverbs 27.1 says, “Do not boast of tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” What this means is don’t be counting your chickens before they hatch because you never know what is going to happen the next day.

The bottom line is this… thoughts are free, talk is cheap, but action comes with a cost.

You pay for action with your time and with your energy. Action demands that you make trade-offs in life (not sacrifices) and action is not always comfortable. Action requires commitment, consistence and persistence.

But it is action, not just words or mere thoughts of action – which will turn your bold words into actual tangible results. It is action that will change and better your life.

And it is action that will turn today, tomorrow, next week, and next year into periods of success.

Yet talk is cheap and you hear it even more from those who fail to reach their overstated goals in the form of excuses. Blaming others or blaming a situation is always easy to do instead of looking at your own shortcomings, lack of preparation, etc.

What do you need to take action towards today? What do you need stop “talking about” and start “doing about” instead?

And again… sometimes it is just best to keep your damn trap shut…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 22 March 2015

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