Event Changed My Life
I remember how helpful first hand accounts from others were to me and I hope to pass a little of that along here today. So, here are five simple things I did that changed my life:
1) Tell the truth.
Tell the truth, all the time, no matter what. We've all heard this all our lives and yet even the best of us would be hard pressed to claim we adhere to it. I, on the other hand, was a fibber, fudger, and avoid-er of responsibility extraordinaire. It was a long over due lesson. I really took this to heart after reading The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. Although I didn't love the language and rhythm of the book, I did find him to be pragmatic and effective in his life, and all of his advice was right on the money. I decided to do it.
The key to all of these is action. Action, more then words or thoughts (though they have their place) has been the key to real change in my life. Deciding to tell the truth was one thing, but the real magic happened when I did it. If someone asked me a question, I answered it honestly and immediately. If I screwed up I stood up and said so. It created a small amount of squirming and a tidal wave of relief and freedom. Free of the worry and shame lies create, I have been able to bring a calm confidence to my personal and professional life that has created a myriad of new opportunities and experiences.
When you lie