practice what you preach

@winterose (39918)
Canada
March 7, 2008 7:08pm CST
we all give advise to our friends or family but do we always follow our own advise, do we practice what we preach, I got myself being impatient with a friend on the telephone not listening here wanting to hog the conversation and push my view across, after I got off the phone I realized what I did, I was ashamed of myself, I always tell people how Important it is listen to people, everyone wants and needs to be acknowledges and listened to. I apologized to her and she was okay with it. I try to be a person of my word, it is important to me, what I preach I practice, how about you, do you practice what you preach or do you tell people to do one thing but do another, please provide examples of where you went right, or you went wrong.
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
9 Mar 08
I have this friend I knew in the University years ago who was really good in cursing animatedly. Her father was always preaching her that cursing was not proper especially for a lady. My friend retorted back she was just learning from him. As a mother of 2 girls, it can be pretty difficult to discipline and preaching them what is right and what is wrong. I will tell them to sleep early so they can wake up with more clarity and grow faster, yet, I'm always hitting the bed at a very unholy hour. My eldest girl have this habit of loitering things around the house. I stopped nagging her about it. Instead, I showed it to her by cleaning all the mess she left behind and telling her how good it feels to have a clean house. =)
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
9 Mar 08
I believe I do practice what I preach, at least I am of this opinion. I make good any promise. I do not judge people, nor do I write people off. I give people chance, at least 3 chances. Someone recently commented that I do not practice what I preach. I do not give chance to people. I expect the person to know what he was taught. I have personally hand-held the person with a particular task at least 3 times, and he is still not able to carry out his task independently. I have seen him write notes every time, and when asked to carry out the task independently, he either cannot find his notes or cannot read what he has written. Am I wrong to deny him of a chance? I do not think so. That task was within the scope of his job specification.
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8 Mar 08
I try not to give to much advice but as a human we all do it naturally, but do I live by the same rules myself???? I try to but it's not always that easy. I only ever give advice on things that I have exsperienced because then I know that I have been in the same situation and therefore I am only trying to help by telling someone what I did to resolve an issue. Sometimes on very rare occasions I have found myself giving advice on something I have no idea about but I always make it clear that I have no idea if it is right what I am saying becuase I have never been there myself. Life is never black and white and what you tell one person to do, most defiantly is not always for you to do yourself, but then you learn by this.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
8 Mar 08
I am extremely conscious about this habit and that is why Ilisten a lot.Generally people do not practise what they preach and I know it is difficult. It is difficult to put oneself in another's shoes and we may not completely see the other situation unless we have exactly gone through a similar situation.I.Even within family circles sometimes, people stipulate norms of behaviour and conduct but they have the proverbial double standard. This is irritatin and sours relationships.That is why it is best to never give advice unless solicited.
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@vicky30 (4777)
• India
8 Mar 08
Yes there are some people who like giving advice to others but when you look at their life they won't follow any word that was said by them.I like to give good advice to my friends and do the same things that i told them.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
8 Mar 08
Of course it is so odd if you dont do all the things you are teaching.. We have to put in mind that what we say reflects on us.. so we have to practice what we preach
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
you didn't give any examples from you life/