Being honest is a way of life in business. It's expected behavior from our clients, and everybody we do business with. Inherently we know that, "honesty is the best policy." I like to say it this way, "honesty is the only policy." Can you hear the "but" coming on?
Here it is...
But what about being honest with ourselves? Are we really honest with ourselves? I can recall the times I've complained about business being bad or a situation just not being fair. As I've recollected the facts, I've found that business wasn't so bad and every situation wasn't the problem. The problem was me!!! I wasn't being honest with myself.
I don't know about you, but there have been times when everybody else thought I was working so hard and just not seeing good things happen. The truth is that I really wasn't working that hard. The truth is my work in public was hard but my private work is where I suffered. There were times I would be so frustrated with "me" that I became depressed.
Of course I probably wouldn't be sharing this if I hadn't gotten victory. When I decided to get brutally honest with myself, I fired myself and rehired me to do what I was hired for in the first place. If there was a person working for me who worked like I worked I would have fired them. Why not fire myself. The good part about what most of us have here in Active Rain is the ability to fire and rehire ourselves everyday if necessary.
Honesty being the best policy makes it so easy to be honest with others and not with ourselves. When it becomes non-negotiable, it becomes a policy in our lives that does not let us sleep when we violate it. I've chose to adopt this policy and I pass it on to others when I get the chance.
Perhaps you're always honest with yourself. If so, then this isn't for you. If you're in a place where you've been honest with everybody but yourself, perhaps you'll consider adopting a new policy that moves you from honesty being the best policy to honesty being the only policy. Just wanted to share a few thoughts.