Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtue.~ Baha'u'llah
Recently I read a fantastic book by Clayton Christensen: How Will You Measure Your Life? In this book he reminds us that who we want to be is decided by the 100s of decisions we make daily. If we do not remind ourselves diligently who we want to be, somewhere down the line we will see ourselves on a different road than we had anticipated.
I find that it is not only important to have our business goals in front of us so we stay on course but we also need to remind ourselves of who we want to become as human beings and make sure that every decision we make in our business/career reflects that choice. If we spend 8-10 hours a day working, that is a big chunk of our lives that needs to be accounted for. Yes we want to be happy and fulfilled at our jobs and in our businesses but that true fulfillment comes from serving others in everything that we do AND the foundation for that is truthfulness.
It has taken me awhile to understand this simple but profound concept. I am still gleaning more understanding in how to live it out in my life no matter what I am doing but especially now in setting the foundation, culture and environment of my business. I am still learning. I get it sometimes and I stumble sometimes.
We cannot say we desire to help others with our service or product if we are not truthful. Perhaps we are really the ones who can help them. Perhaps we are not. If we are truly wanting to be generous will we cloud it with "bonuses" that are really there to entice and make it seem like a "great deal"? Are we truthful to ourselves and others about our intention?
Amazingly enough, when we try to learn what it means to temper everything we do with truthfulness as the foundation we start becoming more authentic, more aligned with our values, more confident, and more trustworthy. Isn't that what we are constantly striving for? This is not easy stuff and I do not have " The best way to do it" cheat sheet. We must all find out what that means for ourselves and learn from one another.
Here are some more quotes to ponder on.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~Buddha
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.~Friedrich Nietzche
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.~ Albert Einstein
Try this for a day or two and see what happens:
Think about the word truthfulness or a quote about truthfulness in the morning during your exercise, breakfast, or meditations.
Think of the task you need to do and how can it be infused with truthfulness
At the end of the day think of a specific task you did with a conscious intention of being truthful. What happened? How did it make you feel? Just notice.
This is a very personal journey but it has ripple effects outside of ourselves. Our business goals are important but our goals for who we want to end up being is even more important. Why not use our everyday business dealings as a platform for developing who we are too? This is not for the faint in heart but well worth grappling with ….because if we just strive to stay on track daily we will have a better chance being who we want to be.
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