WHAT IS INTEGRITY?
Some people think integrity is a value. Some people think it’s a way of acting that concerns care for yourself and others. Some people believe its a willingness to commit. Some believe it is a virtue. Some people believe it is a way of operating in life that holds true to your promises. Some people believe it to be a quality of being honest and having strong moral principals; moral uprightness. Some believe it is a state of being whole and undivided. Some people believe it is your words put into action. Landmark Education, experts in the teaching of Integrity, defines Integrity as, “Honouring your world as yourself”. It’s a great definition as long as one honors themselves to begin with.
What if all these definitions were right? What if integrity was very much about all of those things?
Lets define integrity as what ever we want integrity to be, that will allow up to make declarations for our lives and then keep them. Lets say that integrity is a willingness to rise above circumstances and actually achieve our desired goals and objectives. Lets say that integrity is our highest vantage point that allows us to make decisions above thoughts like, “I can’t”, “I’m not good enough”, “It’s too hard”. Lets say integrity is the absence of victimization – ie. It’s not the money or the time or the people or the place or the thing that in the way.
Integrity is, “THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WAY TO STOP ME”. In other words, integrity is your word put into action in life. It is the all encompassing, “I will do this, no matter what”. In which case we honor our words and our commitments as the highest priority of living. That definition of integrity has power. It has the power to rise above the limitations of the mind and societies man made limitations. It has the power to be the source of our action without getting distracted by all the reasons why not. It’s a straight line definition of integrity which can take us from point A to point B without a whole lot of diversion.
Integrity is saying it and doing it. Achieving a goal requires that level of integrity. A system and a plan that has precision to execute. It means taking the straight line from the goal or the promise to the delivery. It means honouring your promises as you gave them, on time, on budget and as committed to.
Deciding to design your life with integrity means that the goals we set for ourselves and our lives, are the actual fabric of our lives. They are the substance which takes a dream into reality. The actual road we take is called INTEGRITY. Integrity means that we don’t cop out at the first sign of frustration. It means that we don’t leave when it gets uncomfortable. It means that we don’t buckle under “hard” times. It means that we do the exact opposite. Challenges come and we come into challenges. When we want to say we can’t then we must. When we want to give up, we actually get stronger.
Think about the people in your life who make promises and deliver. They are the people you love to be around, the people you love to work with, the people you want to collaborate with. Look at the simplest example, someone who shows up on time. You really appreciate that. You know they have integrity and they care about your experience of them. Now think about the people who have little or no integrity, making promises and breaking them as soon as it’s convenient. Those people lose your trust and have no credibility in your view of them. They become a burden to work with and there’s always a lot of drama and suffering surrounding them.
Who would you rather be… The person living with Integrity or the person living with No-Integrity. Yes that’s right…it’s obvious.
Everyone says they want to be in integrity…but executing on integrity is a whole other matter. It’s the people who ACT with integrity that have all the power in life. They are the ones who get things done, make dreams come true and have an amazing life. People with integrity have a profound relationship with their promises. They have a profound relationship with integrity. Every day they put thoughts into words, words into committments/promises, and promises into ACTION in life! It’s a thoughts, action, results process.
Integrity is easy with focus and determination. The way of BEING, that has us BE IN INTEGRITY, comes from a fierce source of passion and desire to execute something. Don’t give your integrity over to something your not truly committed to. Put your integrity into what you truly love to do. Your deep passions, your goals and your dreams for your life. Then when things get a little rough you have the driving force of BEING DETERMINED, BEING PASSIONATE, BEING IN INTEGRITY to actually get you there.
Having fears of our greatness can often squash our integrity. Subconsciously we may do things to sabotage our own success. This often happens when we unknowingly keep ourselves safe and small in life because the idea of having it all and doing it all seems overwhelming. Understand this as a human tendency but not a reality. The reality is that people make dreams happen every day, and so do you!
Your way of “BEING” is critical to INTEGRITY. If your BEING resigned and low energy, will you get there? If your are being wishy washy and non-committed will you get there? If you are “BEING” powerful, excited, determined, creative, intuitive, visionary, truthful, and committed, will you get there? That’s right. The way you are BEING creates what you are then DOING, and then what you have as a result. Being leads to doing, leads to having. In that order.
Being passionate, creative, excited, courageous and in integrity can take you just about anywhere. Not to mention it feels way better than the alternative!
HAVE A BLAST, BEING in Integrity – it’s all you got!
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