Never lie, and you’ll win. It’s that simple.
Why? Because if your rule is to never lie, then you’ll stop yourself from doing the wrong thing. If you avoid the wrong thing, you’ll do the right thing.
If you do the right thing, you win.
You can use your willpower to avoid lying, or you can change your environment:
- Don’t use a password on your phone. A password makes it easy to have the wrong kind of correspondence.
- Live in a small town where there are no secrets because your business is everyone’s business.
- Avoid people that behave badly. You will be forced to cover for them and become an accomplice in the acts.
- Always have witnesses to important meetings. Don’t be sucked into a room alone, and into temptation.
An environment that makes it hard to keep secrets, will make it easier for you to never lie.
If you know you can’t lie, you’ll do the right thing.
Do the right thing and you’ll win.
Also published on Medium.