Tuesday, February 6, 2018

30 Day Challenge: No Lying

For this 30 day challenge, I am going to channel my inner Honest Abe. For 30 days I am going to be conscious not to tell any lies. Am I some kind of pathological liar? Of course not. Few of us are, but, what most of us are guilty of are the little white lies we tell everyday for various reasons.

  • Self-centered (lying for one's personal benefit) 
  • Other-centered (lying for someone else's benefit)
  • Prosocial lying (lying to look better in the eyes of others)
More specifically:

  1. Not admitting we don't know something, to appear smarter
  2. Being embarrassed about something we've done or haven't done
  3. Not wanting to hurt someones' feelings with our opinion
  4. Wanting to appear stronger, faster, more capable than we might really be

Why I want to do this challenge:
I want to overcome these reasons. We want to be liked, be accepted by a group, and be looked at in the best possible light. But, we are human, we make mistakes, we should own them, and we are not perfect. Lets stop trying to pretend to be.

This challenge will mostly consist of being conscious of when I might want to fib or bend the truth. If I feel that coming on, I want to fight it and tell the truth no matter what the consequences will be. In truth, the consequences will likely be nothing, showing me that we don't have to be afraid to just be honest.

Being honest all the time is about confidence in who you are. If you accept yourself, your decisions,  and your actions, you will less likely have the need for others to accept them.