A few people have made comments lately that lead me to believe that I might not be the only one who has found it difficult to be honest with myself from time to time. When it comes to being honest and having integrity, how can we really exhibit those values externally if we aren’t able do so with ourselves? In addition to living these values, being honest with ourselves is important in setting and achieving goals, too.
Several months ago I began a new fitness plan. As part of the program, it was suggested that participants should take “before” pictures and record measurements.
While I knew my physical situation had gotten bad enough so that I was ready to start exercising, I wasn’t ready to be honest about the specifics of where I was. And while that didn’t keep me from starting, I don’t know what my actual progress has been.
So what does that hurt? In this example, not much. It did, however, show me how we protect ourselves from the truth from time to time. Similarly, there are times when it can be harmful if we fail to hold up a mirror and look at the truth about who we are and what we hope to be. When we’re defensive about feedback given, when we make excuses to skip events, or if we ignore our finances, not only do we lack integrity internally; we’re likely not being very honest with those around us as well.
What have you been ignoring or avoiding? Maybe it’s time to hold up a mirror.
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