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Article by Hally Rhiannon-Nammu

We are all familiar with the term “practice what you preach” and now the latest version of this is to “walk the talk”. This is commonly used within the coaching world however, more and more it is becoming well known around those that deal with leadership in some form of another.

The term brings several visions to mind and to me, the definition of “walk the talk” means that I lead by example through the actions that I take. It is living a life of authenticity and aligning to the core values which make me the person that I am. It is standing up for what I believe in and honoring that which I believe in with the depth of my soul.

Many aspire to walking the talk and say ‘one day’ this will be something they will do, however, the irony is to walk to the talk is not about doing something specific; it is actually so much simpler than that. It is one of the most fundamental position to be in because you are aligning to you in your most natural state and embracing all that makes you, you.

So, why is there such a challenge behind this?

There is a long list of barriers that can be present and prevent the ability to walk in the light. What I have seen more recently was this being hindered by judgment from self. It is no surprise that many of us judge without basis and it is often a way of compartmentalizing and providing an avenue of understanding to situations and people. However, this can sometimes create a ‘one box fits all’ scenario. The truth is that most of us, if not all, do not and will never fit into a generic or stereotypical box.

In terms of ourselves, it means that on some level we judge who we are and equally end up putting ourselves in a similar box, closing the door on the opportunity of alignment and creating synergy within ourselves. From here, it is a snow ball affect of negative self talk, externalising our lack of control and the list goes on and on and on.

Do you want to “walk the talk”?

Start with one small step – look at yourself in the mirror and say aloud three of your core values. This may be integrity, compassion, health and well being, respect or passion, for example. That which resonates the most will be the best to use.

Then think over your past week and ask yourself how much of the past week reflected a connection between your values and your actions. You may be surprised that even in the most basic manner you are already walking the talk within your life.

The step after that is to continue living your life aligned to you, true to you and at one with you in entirety.

Enjoy the journey and walk the talk of your life!

22 Mar 2011

Article/Information supplied by Hally Rhiannon-Nammu

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.