Lying is a Habit


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There are a number of reasons why people lie:

  1. Fear – They fear conflict/confrontation, they fear repercussions/punishment, they fear losing something valuable, they fear hurting/damaging someone inside their inner circle.
  2. Insecurity – They have fragile egos and use lying to inflate the perception others have of them. They also use lying to exaggerate.
  3. Selfishness – They lie in order to get something or gain some advantage.
  4. Poor Behavior – They lie to rationalize or conceal poor behavior and the potential embarrassment of that poor behavior.
  5. Harm Others – They are vindictive and lie to hurt someone else.
  6. Manipulate Others – They lie in order to manipulate or control others.
  7. Habit – They lie out of habit.

Lying is predominantly driven by negativity.

Those who possess an upbeat, optimistic, positive mental outlook do not lie. Truth and Positivity are joined at the hip.

In my Rich Habits Study, 85% of the self-made millionaires in my study said that telling the truth was one of many factors that contributed to their success.

Telling the truth, therefore, is a prerequisite for success. Likewise, lying is a prerequisite for failure or mediocrity.

Lying destroys relationships and results in a loss of trust among those you do business with.

If you don’t stop lying in its tracks, it will eventually become a habit, putting you on autopilot for failure or mediocrity.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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