I’m on the road this week, and yesterday, while pulling out of my hotel parking lot for a dinner meeting, I watched a man dressed in workout clothes open his car trunk. Looking around to see if anyone was watching, he quietly pulled a quart bottle of vodka out of the trunk and began filling his water bottle.
I’ll let you guess what was or wasn’t going on, but my first thought is that he has some type of secret and chances are, it’s holding him back. Maybe he wants his wife or friends to think he’s actually working out instead of drinking. Maybe he’s on the road and doesn’t want his associates or client to see his alcohol problem.
Either way, it made me realize that many of us carry secrets that are holding us back with our career, our relationships, and our future. Like the guy in the parking lot, your secret may be hiding alcohol, or perhaps it’s keeping your spouse from discovering the emotional relationship you’re developing with a co-worker. Maybe it’s the money you “borrowed” from the office account, the lies you inserted into your latest company report to make you look better, or the online porn sites you check when you’re alone.
Think about it. Big or small, most of us carry secrets, and the emotional energy we’re spending keeping those secrets is taking a toll on your attitude, your performance, and your life.
Whatever it is, isn’t it time to let it go?