If you’ll be honest, there are certain things in your life that can change. Today’s article shares five things you can experience if you make that change.
In this article:
- You Can Live Free
- Honesty Can Make Others Think You’re Either Crazy or Suicidal
- It May Help You Discover Other People’s True Colors
- You’ll Stand out from the Crowd
- It Can Give You Rock Solid Integrity and Let You Inspire People
5 Things You Can Expect If You Try to Be Honest
1. You Can Live Free
Oftentimes, we think not being honest with people doesn’t limit our personal freedoms. There’s a tendency to feel that, to improve a relationship or feel more loved and accepted, one must lie about who they are.
However, nothing can be further from the truth. The longer you put up a facade or lie, the more pressure you’ll feel to keep it looking real.
One of the biggest consequences of this is you won’t be able to do things contradictory to the persona you’re portraying because you have to be consistent with your lies. Just imagine how difficult it’d be if you’d always have to filter yourself in conversations or stop yourself from doing something you really want to do.
But, if you decide to be honest, you’ll remove a big weight off your shoulders. You’ll be free to live life your way and on your own terms.
2. Honesty Can Make Others Think You’re Either Crazy or Suicidal
If you’re the type of person who has a tendency to be negative or depressed, an undesirable side effect of being honest is people may think you’re either cuckoos or suicidal. Is this worth being honest?
The answer is yes. Being honest about what you think and feel can give you opportunities to share your feelings with others regularly. When you do that, negative emotions are released regularly and don’t build up inside.
While you risk being misjudged or misinterpreted, it’s all part of the game. But how can you consider this a good thing?
Well, those who might think you’re either crazy or suicidal are those who really don’t know you well. They may also be people who think lowly of you.
Knowing who these people are is a good thing. Once you get to identify who they are, you can limit your interactions with them or purge them from your life.
Either way, you win.
3. It May Help You Discover Other People’s True Colors
Being honest is easy when what you have to say to others is pleasant. After all, who wouldn’t want someone telling them constantly how great they are, right?
But, if being honest means calling people’s attention to their bad behavior or areas for improvement, they’d rather you lie or just shut up.
When you’re honest, you’ll get the opportunity to see who people really are. Particularly, their true colors when they’re faced with criticisms, whether constructive or otherwise.
Once you get to know their authentic self, the better you’d be able to interact with them. You’ll be able to understand what makes them tick and use such knowledge to your advantage.
However, there’s a risk of losing a relationship if you’re honest. To minimize this risk, just remember, being honest doesn’t necessarily mean being tactless.
A good rule of thumb can be this: make sure you don’t hurt anyone before, during, and after you tell another person something.
Nevertheless, there are some people whose motto in life is #ImOffended, regardless of how nice you talk to them and even if you have good reasons for doing so. That’s already outside of your control so you should simply accept this risk.
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4. You’ll Stand out from the Crowd
In today’s social media-manic world where a lot of people pretend to be more good-looking or more successful than they really are, honesty is a rare character trait.
And just like any rare item like gold, diamond, or platinum, honest people are highly sought after by most people. It’s hard to find people who are “real” these days.
So, when you decide to make honesty your policy, don’t be surprised to find more people being drawn to you. You’ll become a giant amidst of elves.
Initially, people may be skeptical about your honesty, your being “real”. At first, they’ll just be interested in you.
But the more they see how honest and real you are, they’ll see you’re as legit as they come. In a world of fakes, proving yourself as a beacon of truth will make interested people respect and even follow you as a leader.
5. It Can Give You Rock Solid Integrity and Let You Inspire People
When people trust you because you always try to be honest, you’ll have the integrity most people dream about. If you have integrity, it’ll be easier for people to trust your advice.
This can happen because people only trust those they think are genuine. If you want to influence people and make a difference in their lives, make it a habit to be honest.
This is especially true when you try to be honest with your own failures and shortcomings. Divulging about the not-so-pristine parts of your life allows you to connect with others on an emotional level, which is important for building trust.
It may be uncomfortable, but when you acknowledge your failures and shortcomings, people will be able to relate with you more and see you as human.
You won’t come across as someone who’s “out there” and perfect, someone who doesn’t really understand what they’re going through. Instead, they’ll see in you that despite their own shortcomings, success is possible through the advice you give.
“Honesty is the best policy” is a mantra that can help you live a full and satisfying life. And when you have clear ideas of what to expect when you try to be honest, the better you can deal with these 5 things and make honesty work for you.
Do you agree that honesty is one of life’s best policies? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
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