There are several definitions of the word integrity. One is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Also, the state of being whole and undivided. People with integrity are generally known to be trustworthy, honest, and kind. I believe that this is something we should all put as a priority in our lives. I also think that we should surround ourselves with people who have the utmost integrity in everything they say and do.
Below is a checklist of things you and those you surround yourself with should do in order to have true integrity.
- Stand behind your choices in life. Follow through with your decisions until there is a proper time to move in another direction. Never make harsh or rash decisions without thinking them through.
- Know when you are wrong. Learn from your mistakes, say you are sorry when necessary, and understand that sometimes the crooked road will lead you to where you belong. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
- Be honest. I am a firm believer in telling the truth no matter what the outcome will be. But, of course, you have to learn when to say or not to say because I also believe certain things are better left unsaid. This is to preserve relationships, friendships, etc...but for the most part, when asked...be honest.
- Lend a helping hand. People with integrity tend to lean in when needed. For example, they usually offer a helping hand with community functions or charitable events. They are also in tune with the needs of their work or neighborhood community.
- Respect all humans. I am very particular about this one. I have seen people disrespect others in many different situations, and it really goes against my grain. All humans deserve respect. No matter who you are or who you think you are, everyone deserves a please, a thank you, a smile, and a warm greeting. If you feel you are above this, integrity is not your strong suit, and you need to work on it.
- Be humble. Your accomplishments are notable and should be celebrated. But not at the expense of others who either don't care or should not be bombarded with that. Know when to talk about what you have done in your life and just listen to others.
- Be reliable. If you say you are going to do something, show up in a big way. Making a commitment and then not being available is one of the worst things you can do in terms of integrity. Keep your promises, and over-deliver every time.
My affirmation for you this week is:
"I will be honest, kind, respectful, humble, and reliable to exemplify true integrity in all that I do."