Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive. 2. to create a false or misleading impression.
Lie in a sentence: Lying is something no one likes done to them, but that sometimes they will do themselves.
Lie in action: When you say something untrue, or are misleading to yourself or others, you are lying.
Lie and inner growth: To lie to others is something you are aware of, but to lie to yourself isn’t as easy to recognize. When you find yourself in a situation that makes you unhappy or gives you mixed feelings, and you keep telling yourself it’s not true or you make excuses for the situation, but don’t take actions to change how you feel about it; this is your queue that you’re lying to yourself. This is where your inner growth exploration begins. Find out why you’re lying and you will learn a lot about yourself, as well as find your way to your truth.
Lie and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does it mean to me to lie? How do I feel when someone lies to me? How do I feel when I lie to myself? What reasons have I had to lie to others? How did it make me feel to lie? Have I ever lied to myself or am I still lying to myself about something now? How can I know for sure if what I did was lie? What makes me think I’ve lied to myself? How have I stopped lying to myself? And if I haven’t stopped, what can I do now?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with lie at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. With those words write a story of two people that are going about their day to day. What type of day did they have and could the people in the story tell they were lying to themselves and/or each other through the alternative choice of words that masked the lie?
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about lies and to each feeling that comes by, associate the opposite feeling, but the same scenario. Allow your feelings to flow as much as possible and as long as you are not upset with the exercise keep going. If it does upset you though, then take a break and come back to the exercise.
Your turn – Share your lie sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂