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If honesty is the best policy, the best place to be honest is with yourself. Being honest
with yourself is a powerful way to be more confident, more courageous, and more
focused. There are any number of areas where honesty can be applied to personal life.
A review of your morals, values, and practices can help you evaluate how honest you
are with yourself.
Take a look:
Q? Are you honest with yourself about your choices? Are you engaging in
behaviors that you know are not ideal? From smoking, to drinking in excess, to
overeating, being honest with yourself can help you make better choices. Do you
routinely engage in behaviors that are harmful to your health and wellbeing? Being able
to be honest with yourself and make appropriate changes will build up your esteem and
make it possible for you to more honest with yourself and with others.
Q? Are you honest with yourself about how you feel? Many people suppress how
they feel about many things. They don’t or won’t be honest about how they feel because
they don’t feel safe, they have no experience expressing themselves, and/or they have
learned to deny their feelings for the greater good. Being honest about how you feel
makes it possible to learn ways to express that honesty without being in fear of
alienating others.
Q? Are you honest with yourself about what you want? Like how they feel, many
people are unable or unwilling to be honest about what they want. If asked, they don’t
have an opinion about where they want to eat, what they want to order, or anything else
for that matter. They have lost or never developed the ability to choose for themselves
without the input and influence of others. Being able to develop preferences and
articulate them makes it easier to not only know what you want but get it, too.
Being honest with yourself allows you to develop healthy ways to express your desires
and live your life. A life filled with honesty inward makes it possible to be honest outward
towards others. There is a balance and a harmony that comes from knowing who you are and what you want and marrying that with others who know who they are and what
they want.
Learn to be honest with yourself and don’t bury or deny your preferences or ideas.
Being honest with yourself makes it possible to make choices in your best interest that
lead to a happier, healthier life filled with the things that you love.