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Power Up Passages

Developing A Mean Streak.
October 25, 2002

How many times have we heard the following statement? "You've got to say what you mean and mean what you say". No doubt about it, this is a simple yet extremely powerful affirmation to be sure. There is no question that a lot of people are quite proficient at talking a pretty good game. They say they will do this or say they will do that, but far too often all of their huffing and puffing does little more than fill the room with a lot of hot air. They rarely if ever follow up all of their big talk with any kind of tangible action.

Why would anyone say they are going to do something if they have no intention of doing it? Who knows. Maybe they were trying to impress those around them with their big talk or perhaps they had good intentions but got sidetracked for one reason or another. In any event, they evidently did not mean what they said or otherwise they would have done it. People soon realize that they simply can not count on these big talkers. I guess that is where the phrases "talk is cheap" or "all talk and no action" came from.

Power performers, on the other hand, develop a mean streak. These winners can be counted on to say what they mean and even more importantly, mean what they say. If you don't know what these winners stand for and what they won't stand for, you probably haven’t been paying much attention to their actions. Winners do not feel the need to talk a good game. They instead put their words into action and play a great game daily.

Yes, talk may indeed be cheap these days and sure, some people will always be known as all talk and no action types. But whenever a winner tells you he or she is going to do something, you can take their word to the bank. No beating around the bush, no excuses, no forgetting to do it. When a winner says it, they mean it. Whenever a winner commits to doing something, it's a sure bet that it is going to get done.

You might want to work on developing a mean streak too. Then when people hear you talk, they know some big time action is sure to follow.

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