It’s funny how at LEAST once a month, a situation will come up where an individual ASSURES me that a task has been taken care of.
No WORRIES, they’ve got it covered!
THEN they immediately leave my office to go and actually DO the thing they just told me was already DONE.
What difference does it make?
Under pressure, maybe you’ve made a judgment call like that and told a “little white lie” to COVER yourself.
You granted yourself just a little bit of GRACE. (After all, you were PLANNING on taking care of it…right?)
But later, you may realize that the thing you actually compromised was your INTEGRITY. And YES, that DOES make a huge difference!
Did that last statement CUT just a little bit? Have I OFFENDED you yet?
Wouldn’t you rather be asked these tough questions in the SAFETY of this blog, instead of in front of your friend, your spouse or even your boss?
Even worse, is when the other people know the TRUTH and you’ve lost trust with them…and YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT!
Wouldn’t you rather know about a wound so you can take care of it, instead of letting it FESTER under the surface?
The Never-Ending Story
As the OTHER person in the relationship, as the individual who finds out what really happened later; on THIS side of the fence it just feels like being LIED to.
• Now we have a break in TRUST.
• Lack of trust leads to more QUESTIONS and more follow-up.
• CONFIDENCE has eroded and it now affects our ability to promote.
How do we fix it?
Believe it or not, the best way to fix it is to FESS UP and COME CLEAN! Be HONEST and expose your own shortcomings.
After all, who could resist hearing, “I didn’t tell you the truth and I’m SORRY. It won’t happen again.”
When we continue to defend ourselves for doing something that doesn’t SPEAK of integrity, we’re just giving our POWER away.
It’s amazing, that when we humble ourselves and ADMIT it, QUIT it and FORGET it, we get all our CREDIBILITY back.
“…God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 (NKJV)
I don’t really expect to get a lot of comments on this blog. (It hits pretty close to home.)
But sometimes this is a great space to generate some constructive learning conversations.
Got thoughts? Agree? Disagree?