Have You Ever Lied for Greatness?

stress management tips-Lauren E Miller

As I was doing an examination of consciousness over my time life concerning this topic a particular scene popped up:

Knowing that I come from a long line of fly-fisher people, I wanted to impress my family members.  I went fly fishing alone and I caught one very small rainbow trout. As I walked home, I pondered the situation and by the time I opened my mouth it had grown to 20 lbs.  When questioned, I backed up my lie for greatness each time.

Have you ever lied for greatness?  I woke up thinking how many times I have done this in my life: Lied for Greatness.

As human beings, we lie or distort the truth because we are afraid: afraid of failure or success; that we don’t measure up; that we are not enough just as we are; fear of what others will think or say if we speak the truth; fear of not getting what we feel we need in order to completely love and accept ourselves and/or feel accomplished and successful or simply afraid that we won’t get our desired outcome.

Have you ever made a statement that you know is false yet you find the words tumbling out of your mouth before you can stop them?

This is a perfect example of what happens when the drug of approval overtakes your moral compass in life.


When your desire to be seen, acknowledged, recognized and approved of exceeds your inner knowing that you are enough just as you are, that God delights in your uniqueness, you become vulnerable to this stress producing energy leak.


Keep watch on this one, it’s a creepy little reptile that slithers its way into your choice of verbiage.


Basically it dilutes your character, authenticity and integrity leaving you back peddling as you attempt to regain your ground.


Ruthless honesty will set you free, first and foremost with yourself then within relationships (personal and professional).


Speak the truth in love.  This gives you opportunity to honor & ground your value & worth: I am willing to love and accept myself no matter what surrounds me in life.


How would your choice of words shift if you knew that you were enough just as you are?


Dear God,


I am beautifully and wonderfully created in your image, lacking nothing; More of you today and less of me. Grant me the courage to speak the truth in love even in the face of possible rejection.

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