“If you want to influence others, the most important thing you can do is be a living example of the principles, ideals, and faith that you advocate.” –Nick Vujicic
According to the dictionary, integrity is “the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.” Landmark Education simply says integrity is to “be your word.” To do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. To have integrity is to make right a wrong and own your mistakes. It is to follow through on commitments, and when you fall short, to re-commit.
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How do you maintain integrity?
To create integrity is to understand that our mind spends most of its time out of integrity and, if unchecked, we will create behaviours that are out of integrity. To check your mind is to know integrity is a process of committing – and re-committing – to actions that have you be your word. I might commit to work out every morning. My alarm goes off and my mind says, “You are too tired, sleep for another hour.” To check my mind is to say, “I committed to working out and I choose to honour my word.” The action is then jumping out of bed and going to work out rather than curling up in bed for another hour. I re-commit and be my word.
Recently at the Freedom Retreat in Punta Cana, Cindy faced her fear of driving. The simple act of choosing to honour her commitment and say “YES” to driving an ATV shifted Cindy’s belief in her ability to navigate a car. Being her word allowed her to experience a sense of independence and freedom. This allowed Cindy to connect to how personal integrity, the simple yet at times difficult act of being true to her word, provides her with a new level of confidence, self-esteem, trust and belief in self.
In the Greatness Guide, Robin Sharma stated, “My video is in alignment with my audio.” This is such a great example of integrity, when what we say is in alignment with what we do.
Where in your life do you have a high level of integrity? Where might you be required to improve your level of integrity?