H in Breakthrough equals Honesty
This the twelfth and final part of the twelve part series on learning how to Breakthrough to the Next Level.
H in Breakthrough equals Honesty
The letter H is found twice in the word breakthrough and also has twice as many possible words to use for successful breakthroughs. However, one word is always at the front line of need and controversy – Honesty.
Why is Honesty so important to the ability to breakthrough. I have several reasons and here are my views…
First, Honesty is the cornerstone for everything we do in life. Without honesty there would be no truth in life or business. Yet, occasionally I wonder if truth in business is an moronically term. I find that business needs honesty more than ever, yet, we seem to be finding more and more dishonest people trying to make a quick and easy buck.
One thing I have learned during my forty years of business life, that a quick and easy buck is the hardest and most painful buck I could get. The quick bucks came early in my business life, where I thought investments were made off the suggestions of others – my bucks for their thoughts – and I usually was the one giving away my hard earned bucks! Lessons learned and thought wins every time.
Regarding breakthrough and honesty, here is a unique situation for your evaluation and thought. It is very important to take the time to be honest to yourself regarding the breakthrough you are considering. Are you being honest with yourself? Are you looking at the opportunity realistically or with “rose colored” glasses? Being completely honest with yourself means you are looking at the pluses and the minuses of the potential breakthrough situation.
I bring this up because I have seen others (and myself) refuse to look at the possible pitfalls or minuses of a breakthrough situation. I call this two things – being dishonest with yourself and being half-witted in your decision making process. The half-witted means you are only looking at the possible good side results. This is a major mistake for breakthrough thinking.
The more you look at a new situation, think about the pros and cons, and become prepared – the better your planning and execution become. The point most people miss is the execution part. By thinking about the cons, you can create contingency plans to overcome them using purposeful plans. Most people become stressed and reactive when finally confronting the cons of a new plan – thus less than acceptable results.
Finally, being honest with others will get you on the side of high performance in life and business. Why? Because people will know that you are an honest person, have more respect for you and therefore more trust in doing things with you. Trust – based upon being honest with others – builds longer term relationships.
A side effect of being honest with others is a more stress free life. How is this possible? Due to the fact that dishonest people always have to remember what lies they told people so they can be consistent. And before long, they make a mistake due to the stress of remembering which story they used with which person – thus stress and a low quality life style.
Choose to take the high road of life. Use honesty in every thing you do and life will reward you with greater opportunities. Chose to have a GREAT LIFE.
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