Friday, 21 August 2015

Matters Of Principle: Honesty And Truthfulness

In your daily living, what do the words honesty and integrity mean to you? Are you not living a lie? Are you open and transparent in your life? Are you not conservative with the truth about yourself?

A young man recently came in for a business coaching session. Being a married person, I as a compliment asked him to bring along his wife to the coaching session at no charge. The professional life that the young man thought was struggling with was not the issue. My assessment of the young man was that he lacked the characteristics of honesty and integrity.

I had a great opportunity to put the young man through the paces. The following are some of the points we addressed as we engaged on the way forward for him.
Matters Of Principle: Honesty And Truthfulness
After a few questions the young man was very conservative with the truth and would only give a truthful answer after several probings. The young man would always try to come up with heroic answers to give an impression that he was on top of the situation. For parity check, I would glance at the wife to see if her facial expressions were confirming what the husband was saying. Ninety percent of the answers he gave were not confirmed by the wife.

I was motivated to share with you on issues of honesty and truthfulness.

Honesty: The young man admitted to not being honest at all. But what is it to be honest? To be honest means making a choice not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way. Being honest enables you to put together power of personality that will allow you to be of great service to God and others.

Always be honest with yourself, God and others at all times. You will be consecrated with harmony of intelligence and self-respect. Once you become honest, you will earn trust from the Lord and will be commendable to enter into His holy temples.
Dishonesty harms you and harms others as well. If you lie, steal, shoplift, or cheat, you injure your spirit and your relationships with others. Being honest will enhance your future opportunities and your capability to be guided by the Holy Ghost. Choose not to cheat in any way. Be honest in your job, giving a full amount of work for your pay. Do not diminish that being dishonest is acceptable, even though others may think it does not matter.

Truthfulness: Closely linked with honesty is truthfulness. Truthfulness means thinking and doing what is right at all times, no matter what the cost. When you have integrity, you are willing to live by your principles and beliefs even when no one is watching. Choose to live so that your thoughts and behavior are always in synchronization with the scriptures.

As I write this article, the young man has not honoured his obligation to pay for the service rendered. He like many others out there do not pick up their phones when called, does not respond to messages and pretends to be very very busy with other pressing issues. 

Be honest and trustworthy with little things for it is from such that one can be trusted with the big things.

As you wind up reading this piece, Are you honest? Can You be trusted?
By: Arthur Mutambara


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