Before you can truly be honest with others, you must be totally honest with yourself. It all starts with you. Sure you can claim to be honest with others but unless you are honest with yourself first, you can’t be honest with the rest of the world. This applies to both business and life. People hold themselves back when the allow fear to get in the way of honesty. I did this for a long time and it was not a productive way to live. This has to be handled for any success to follow in life. It’s hard but possible. I’m proof of this. I’m a self made guy who dealt with loss at a young age. Anger, denial, blame, tripped me up. However, my desire not to live a life based on scarcity and fear is what drove me to make some serious decisions. It really was one of those fork in the road moments in my life. I had to get honest.
So many people just go through the motions of life and their businesses, careers and interactions with family, friends and with others in the world are impacted. They say they’ll do something and not follow through then look for an excuse to justify lying to themselves. Look, you’re dealing with yourself every day. You know what you wish to accomplish, the things on your to do list. You also know what cycles are incomplete and the areas where you must push harder. Maybe you beat yourself up a little bit when you think of these things. Good! That’s you getting honest with yourself. Don’t seek excuses. Take big action!
We all have our own little honesty meter that calls us out on our own dishonesty. It’s that little pang we get when we hit the snooze instead of waking up to exercise. Or that other pang when we say we were late because of traffic when, in reality we just didn’t leave early enough. You know when you are not being honest with yourself, where you aren’t living up to your own standards, and it affects your motivation.
Make today the day you get honest and ask yourself:
- What’s my true potential?
- Am I spending time on activities that really fuel my goals and purposes?
- What are the things I must do to make me better, stronger and more capable for providing for myself my family and my business?
- Where do I need to be more disciplined?
- Can I make more calls/service customers better?
Be sure to get honest about the different categories of your life. Look at each and apply these questions. Then get going. You’ll be motivated to tackle the unfinished cycles and accomplish more. Honesty is always the best policy and it always begins with you.
How Honest Are You With Yourself?