A person’s character is shown through their actions in life, and not just from what they talk about.
In his book, “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves,” Dr. Dan Ariely performed a study on people who owned knock-off items, such as fake Louis Vuitton purses. He found that just CARRYING a fake item promotes dishonesty and makes one more willing to lie.
In the same way, carrying fake bits of life around with you—making up little things about who you are in segments of your life—leads you to being much more likely to slowly lose the entirety of who you wish to be. As the saying goes,
“Watch your thoughts; for they become words. Watch your words; for they become actions. Watch your actions; for they become habits. Watch your habits; for they become character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny.”