Articles Tagged ‘Honesty’


Monday, November 22nd, 2010

A few weeks back I was on a plane heading to Vancouver. I was filling out the customs forms as we landed and came to the box that said “Are you bringing any commercial goods with you to sell?”.

Up until this point in my business the answer had always been “no”. However, on this trip I had 1 box of my books that I thought I might try and sell at a speaking engagement.
Before I checked yes, I thought to myself, “This isn’t really that many books. Do I really want to check ‘yes’ and slow down the entire process? What if they want to check my luggage and ask me a bunch of questions. I will just check ‘no’ and avoid the hassle.”

But, then I remembered that one of my core values is “honesty” and I reluctantly clicked the box that said “yes”. This decision did slow me down and resulted in checked luggage and a bunch of questions from the customs agent.

Values are the building blocks upon which you build your life. If you don’t have them or only adhere to them when it is convenient then you will struggle to find a sense of peace and contentment in your daily life.

There is a great quote (I can’t remember who said it) that says, “If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.”

How about you? What do you stand for?

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies

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