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We’ve been grappling with the fact that truth-telling is often seen as a radical act in our organizations and trying to figure out why that should be so. In our last post, we listed compelling and seductive reasons for NOT telling the truth. This week, we are listing benefits that come from telling the truth.

Top 20 Reasons for Telling the Truth

1.     It forces me to be honest with myself

2.     Establishes credibility and trust

3.     It shows people what I see and how I truly feel

4.     I don’t have to remember what stories/lies I told before

5.     Helps me confront harsh realities rather than fear or ignore them

6.     Sends a message of respect and caring

7.     Helps me create a world I can believe in

8.     Demonstrates taking accountability for my actions

9.     Honors reality

10.  Sets an example for others

11.  Creates opportunities for intimacy and true connection

12.  Bolsters self-confidence

13.  It honors the fact that you choose how you respond to circumstances

14.  Helps us discover ways to live together constructively

15.  Guides my actions to a life of integrity

16.  Defies social convention

17.  Liking myself is more important than whether you like me

18.  Is an expression of my freedom

19.  Creates consistency and alignment

20.  Makes relationships more meaningful

Why do you think it is so difficult to tell the truth? And what are your reasons for telling the truth?

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Reader Comments (1)

There is no doubt telling the truth strengthens your confidence as you wrote in the twelve that you lie it very often shows fear and lack of confidence in things you did thanks for the wonderful article.
Confidence Little change brings big changes

October 20, 2012 | LIOR

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