One of the top ten principles of extra-ordinary relationships is honesty. It’s seems so basic but without it your relationship is doomed for failure. We all know at some point the truth will always be revealed.
Some people have difficulty speaking the truth. Not sure why. It is so much easier when you are consistently honest and don’t have to worry people will question your integrity. Your partner and friends will appreciate knowing you are a person they can believe.
It takes one honest conversation at a time to build a relationship and a by-product of that is you’re building a good reputation. Speaking what is true, encouraging, and life-giving creates your reputation as person who is trustworthy to believe.
You know people who you wonder and question things they say. Don’t be that person. It’s simple. Always tell the truth. If you can’t speak the truth than grab a hold of your tongue and stay quiet.
I learned early to tell the truth. My dad was a codebreaker for the Navy. Thankfully, he could always tell if I was being untruthful. The consequences were not fun. So…I learned to tell the truth. It is so much easier to be a truth-teller than a …. Well, a Liar!
Do you feel like sometimes if you tell the truth you will hurt someone’s feelings? Yeah, that’s tricky. No one likes to hear hard things about themselves or their situations. Perhaps, they may get upset at first, but if they are truly your friend they will know you as a honest person and understand you care about the integrity of your relationship more than trying to make the person feel good for a moment.
Because they will find out the truth – eventually. As their spouse or friend, they might be hurt that you never told them the truth when they needed to hear it. The important key to remember is to be honest, but never harsh. Use kind words of understanding when you deliver bad news.
You will find honesty as one of the core principles of every extra-ordinary relationship and the only way to truly connect.
Seek to be the truth-teller in all your relationships.