Practicing What You Preach

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Teaching Others From Your Experience

Life is not always about learning and keeping everything to yourself. Giving back to others by teaching them valuable information, is how humanity improves as a whole. But it’s very important to practice what you preach, because what is the point of teaching others what you preach, but don’t practice?

It may be easy to teach others, but it’s often very difficult to practice what you preach. That’s because we often don’t want to implement difficult and righteous actions into our lives. It’s easier to tell others how to behave than it is to demonstrate it yourself through your actions.

Practicing what you preach is not only important for yourself, but for others as well. That’s because the quality of your teaching depends on whether you implement what you’re preaching. Can you imagine how superficial your teachings will be if they are not backed up by experience?

Anyone who teaches from experience delivers much higher quality information. Teaching from experience is valuable and much more worthy of comprehension and application, than teaching from hearsay. Always strive to be a role model by practicing what you preach, and teaching others based on what you practice.

Teaching is a great skill to have because it proves to yourself if you really do know the information. And it feels good to teach and help others! Seeing others smile in comfort when they demonstrate understanding of the information presented to them, helps you feel like a better person. It helps improve your self-esteem, confidence and ability to lead.

Always give 100% when practicing what you preach, and always give 100% when you’re teaching others from your experience. By showing people that you are built out of great character, it will motivate them to adopt the same role that you have adopted. This is how people become leaders and the world a better place to live in.

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Be A Role Model

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Confidence And Leadership

Being a role model can be quite painful at times. It is not easy to strive for perfection on a daily basis. It requires consistency and determination which are difficult to uphold; especially when experiencing stress, pain and worry. But the first step is to change your mindset and strive for being a role model.

You must be able to demonstrate confidence and leadership. Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. People are attracted to confidence; it spills over into the category of leadership. Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization.

Being a leader requires trust; who is going to listen to you if your words and actions are deceitful? Being trustworthy requires earning the confidence of those around you. You must be able to tell and show people that you stand by honest principles which they can respect and adopt into their lives.

Excellent communication is key to being a role model. You must be able to speak fluently, make great eye contact, be easily understandable and pick your words wisely and effectively; having a versatile vocabulary can help a lot. Your delivery must also be attractive: an understandable and easily relatable rate, rhythm and tone are a must.

Being respectful of others is a given. Even if annoying people surround you on a daily basis, you must brush them off and continue to demonstrate a respectful attitude towards them; their insecurities should not affect your position as a role model. And do not forget to respect yourself; the process always starts within.

Be humble and willing to admit mistakes. Nobody wants to be around someone who blames others for his or her mistakes. Admitting mistakes demonstrates confidence, courage, responsibility, honesty and a drive to learn more! Go about it by being humble and you become very close to capturing the hearts of those around you.

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Don’t Forget To Stay Humble

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Become Society’s Role Model

Reminding ourselves to stay humble in a society that breeds competition, dominance and a race to the top can be a challenge if not practiced daily. Being humble will make you feel good about yourself, attract more positive people into your life and will allow you to demonstrate to others that being humble is awesome!

The benefits of being humble:

  • You will be able to better cope with anxiety
  • You will become a better leader and more people will like you
  • You will develop a higher self-control and a better work performance
  • You will become more tolerant of others and less defensive about your own beliefs
  • You will achieve higher grades
  • You will be more helpful with others and develop stronger relationships
  • You will become more generous

Do not let society mold you into a person you are not. It is okay to be competitive and strive for success, but do it fashionably, by staying humble and becoming a role model for others. People will replicate your behavior if you demonstrate a kind and humble persona and this is what will help society become a better place. We need as many humble people in The DSM Ready Movement as possible.

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