At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, you are being watched. You are always being watched. I’m not talking about hidden cameras; I’m talking about real people – watching – watching you!
At my last job, the recruiter would ask the receptionist about the people who had come in for interviews. Everyone knows to be nice to the recruiter, but a lot of people were rude to the receptionist because they didn’t think that she mattered. She did.
The receptionist got a more accurate picture of the interviewee than the recruiter ever would and her opinion carried weight.
Your kids are watching you. They are looking at you for their cues on how to behave. They want to see if you do what you say you are going to do. “Do as I say, not as I do” never works. Kids will inevitably do what they see you doing.
Your co-workers are watching you. If you are coming in late or slacking off at work, they might feel justified in doing the same thing and use you as their example. Of course, your boss is watching you too. She’s looking for dependability and a strong work ethic. She's looking to see if you are doing the job and how you interact with your co-workers, customers and others.
Your friends are watching you. They want to see how trustworthy you are. They want to know that you can be counted on when it counts. Your in-laws are watching you. I don’t know why but they are!
People are observing your actions all of the time just as you are observing theirs.
What you do matters. And it matters much more than what you say. If what you say and what you do are not consistent, people will defer to your actions over your words every time.
Big brother, big sister and everybody else is watching you! So act accordingly!