If you put yourself on a healthy media diet, perhaps you missed the lie NBC front man of “Nightly News” Brian Williams shared when covering the Iraq war. Williams claimed the helicopter he was traveling in was hit by enemy fire, yet during Wednesday’s broadcast he apologized for “a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago.”
As a journalist, it’s William’s job to report the truth which is why both his credibility and career are now in question. In fact, this truth has led to a secret task force being put together to check into all his reported tall tales. So why lie?
Telling a lie is easy and effective. Lies temporarily get people off your back, protect you from revealing your shame, and often boost your approval rating when sharing exaggerated or fabricated accomplishments.
We lie because there is a payoff. We lie because we choose to ignore the huge price we will pay one day. It takes courage to speak your truth every day in every way. Pay the price. You are worth it!