The Secret Service was founded originally in the middle of the Civil War to fight back against the counterfeiting operations of the Confederate army. They were printing fake bills and distributing them in the North. The Germans tried to do the same in WWII to destabilize the US Dollar globally.
The Secret Service remains the authority on counterfeit money detection and deterrence. When joining this team, the training they undergo is intense. In the full scope of training to be able to spot a counterfeit the majority of the time is not spent looking at fake money or examples of counterfeits. It is spent looking at the real thing.
The agents study watermarks that are imprinted into the paper, small images that are embedded into the fibers, how optical varying ink shows up in each bill, and where each element of microprinting resides. They study and are quizzed on the sequence of serial numbers and their association with which the regional Federal Reserve Bank.
They don't study the fake bills. They study the real thing.
They don't study the lie. They study the truth.
The more familiar they are with the real thing, the closer they are to the truth, the easier it is to detect the fake, to spot the lie.
I am convinced that this is going to be one of the most important skills for any of us to have in the coming decade. Knowing the truth, knowing your truth is now how you win on the battlefield of souls. And as such, finding mindsets, habits, and ways to practice knowing your truth is going to be an essential part of any successful life in the near future.
It is part of the reason I am so passionate right now about encouraging people to build a journaling practice into their life.
You are the real thing that you should be studying in order to know your truth.
There are countless counterfeit versions of you that flash through your mind on a daily basis. But in those moments of clarity, those moments when you really know who you really are, you can spot the fakes with confidence and certainty.
I created the 30 Day Leadership Journaling Challenge with help from all of you who filled out the journaling survey I sent out two weeks ago! I've included my cheat codes for getting started with your journaling habit and 30 days of prompts that I hope you can use to build this habit and get to know your own truth even better than you do right now. Please feel free to share it with anyone else you think would benefit from starting or deepening their understanding of self.