Step Five: Stop Lying
I’d always had a problem with truth—not gigantic lies or criminal frauds, just simple fibs that made life easier: excuses for running late, fudged numbers on business plans, vague answers when asked where I’d been the previous night.
Shortly after I quit drinking, I also decided to quit lying, cold turkey. Did I entirely succeed? I’d be lying if I said yes. I’ve certainly made progress, starting with my confession that I had a serious problem with alcohol. It took me nearly 30 years to realize that, even in the short term, the truth almost always gets a better reaction than lying. My Secret to Getting Sober - WSJ.com