Would you lie to a client, for their own good?
Sometimes when I am coaching, it may be necessary to tell a client a potential untruth for their own good, in order to push them, to help them or to achieve their goal.
I coached one client to double her income, then she doubled it again. She told me that $XXXX was the top limit, as she knew of nobody else in the industry who was earning more, and it was “impossible” to earn more than this figure. I told her that there was someone in the same industry who was making twice this figure, someone whom she did not know.
She doubled her income again, exceeding the *imaginary* high-point, set by the (fictitious) person 🙂
In nursing you could call this a placebo or sugar-pill 🙂
If the patient has imaginary fears or imaginary symptoms (that seem quite real to them), give him what is best for him to make him feel good, with limited side-effects.
I feel that it is OK to speak something which may not necessarily be true, for the benefit of the other person (not for your own benefit), then I feel that the intention is still wholesome and pure.
Funnily enough, the person who was making the higher income? That story turned out to be true — exactly true, as she herself proved it to be true and became the truth.
What would you do?