Maybe It’s Time You Shut Your Mouth

…knew that would get you to open this post.

So what did you do? Well nothing, really.

And that’s the problem…doing nothing.

Go to any forum, Facebook page, or any social hangout, and you’ll find someone announcing some big thing they’re gonna do.

‘I’m going walk across the country in my bare feet for charity.’

‘I’m gonna lose one hundred pounds this year.’

‘I’m gonna write a book.’

‘I’m gonna start an online business’

…and in runs all the back clappers, cheerleaders, and the ‘go on ya’ folks, and that person get virtually carried through town on their shoulders.

But what have they actually done?


Not a thing.

Not a step not taken.

Not a pound not lost.

Not a page written.

Not a website built.


And yet they get congratulated for something they haven’t done.

So why would they bother doing through all the discomfort of doing those things…just to get another pat on the back?

Wouldn’t make sense to do so, would it?

Now compare that to someone that’s writing the book, losing the weight, building the site, but not telling anyone.

Every day they’re doing the actions they need to do. And once they’ve completed it, they announce their accomplishment to the world.

Enter the back clappers, and that person get’s congratulated for what they’ve achieved.

I’ll repeat that….’for what they’ve achieved.’

Which one are you?

If you’re the one making the statements and wondering why you’re never getting them done, there’s probably a good reason why.

You’re looking for the parade before you start.

But wouldn’t it better to keep your mouth shut and do the things you need to do instead?

Wouldn’t it be better, having your parade day, with something concrete to celebrate?

You’re going to see all that nonsense in January.

People looking for praise, because they can rhyme off a New Year’s resolution list they’ve been repeating for years and never done.

Come 2021, they’ll be back looking for more praise from people that also will never do anything worthwhile in their lives.

Am I being a bit hard?

Maybe so.

But if I can wake you out of that day dream you’ve been telling yourself, it’ll be well worth it.

Work first!

Then look for your praise.

Barry J McDonald.