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Moments of Truth
December 7, 2002.

I'm sure all of us recall the famous line attributed to George Washington's childhood days when he boldly proclaimed, "I cannot tell a lie." Regardless of the story line’s authenticity, that was some great advice to live by then and still is today. After all, we all prefer the truth from people we live, work and associate with, don't we? Sure we do.

How do you feel when someone you know and respect is less than honest with you? In all likelihood, you probably feel pretty lousy. Then doesn't it make sense that others would prefer the truth from you as well? You bet it does. The best firmly believe that being honest and forthright is always the right thing to do. Always.

While we’re at it, let's go ahead and set the record straight once and for all. A lie is a lie is a … lie. A little white lie (AKA: a little fib, stretching the truth, fudging on the facts) or a super-duper whopper of a lie are one in the same. They are both lies – and they are both wrong.

Regardless of whether we like it or not, a winner can never be a liar and a liar can never be a winner. "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is not just lip service to a winner, it is a way of life.

Their word or handshake means something very special to winners. Their word is truly their bond, so they make sure their word is as good as gold. These winners unabashedly accept personal responsibility for themselves and their actions and always tell the truth no matter the consequences.

These champions would much rather uphold their integrity and go ahead and take their lumps by telling the truth right now than have to live with a lie and its consequences later on down the road. They would much rather hold their heads high and tell the truth than cower behind falsehoods and deceit.

Each and every day we are confronted with a number of situations, both big and small, where who we are and what we are made of are rigorously put to the test. The manner in which we handle these ‘moments of truth’ shape our lives forever. What we think, what we say and what we do when we encounter these self defining moments determines the kind of lives we ultimately lead.

Honesty is really a pretty simple concept when you think about it. We simply need to do what we say, say what we mean and above all, make absolutely certain that honesty is not just the best policy, but our only policy.

When we live our lives the way we know we should live them, with honesty and integrity lighting the way, we can feel good about ourselves -- and that's a good feeling we can definitely learn to live with.

Best of all, others will feel better about us as well.


Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Honor is better than honors.
Abraham Lincoln

I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do.
Arthur Warwick

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln

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Author: Greg Hickman


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