“It’s better to speak to your truth than to try to hide in your lies!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Confronting reality is one of the most difficult things to do and, is eventually the most rewarding. Once you confront reality and work to work through it, you can find yourself in a state of gratitude with moments of awe for the good fortune you have discovered.
People who have adapted to their reality and taken the steps to realign themselves to a new and better future are able to stop hiding in lies and deception – they can speak to their truth, and live within it regularly.
With that in mind, here’s one truth you should speak to – you always have the opportunity to build yourself a better future. And yet, the lie you might find yourself living within might have you convincing yourself that your current future is sustainable. Most likely, it is NOT – because you are caught in the throngs of denial, the deadly embrace of complacency, and the smothering blanket of inaction.
Denial is one of the most powerful of all drugs. Companies and their leadership teams often deny the reality they face in terms of new competition, disruptive business models, challenging customers, and a need for faster product innovation. They fall into the trap of clinging to the past for ideas, structures, and actions that they knew once worked, rather than putting an eye on the future to discover what might work best. The end result is predictable – falling sales, decreasing market share, company turmoil – until they are bought out, are forced to shut down or find new leaders who understand the future is not a given.
People do the same thing. When caught up in a pathway that is destructive, or when in denial about their current reality, they fall prey to the god of false hope. They convince themselves that it will simply get better, that they’ll change their behavior tomorrow, or will just wait for things to get better. And yet in most cases, without action, a negative spiral can only continue – they live with their lies.
What happens when you speak your truth? Recovery, reinvention, and revival! A conversation with a friend the other day helped to emphasize this point, and I found he emphasized it in a recent LinkedIn post:
No matter how hard things get, you should know you can always be grateful for something.
Speak to your truth by confronting denial, and you’ll discover a powerful pathway to the future – and you’ll be grateful for what you have discovered.