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I’ve been thinking about integrity lately. I’m sure it isn’t necessary to explain why this word has been forefront in my mind. As I contemplated the word, I decided to look up the full meaning.
Here is how integrity is defined by Merriam-Webster:
Full Definition of integrity
1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility
2: an unimpaired condition: soundness
3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness
We live in a world where integrity seems to be an afterthought, if thought of at all, and where “the ends justify the means.” This willingness to pretend to set integrity aside to justify an end result is the very essence of lack of integrity. That failure to stand in an unimpaired condition is having an erosive affect on the fabric of our society. I fear nothing good can come of it. B.C. Forbes, who founded Forbes magazine nearly a century ago, once commented, “Integrity is the basis of all true-blue success.” I believe this with all my heart.
What Goes Around Comes Around
I can think of several people who display a lack character and integrity, yet seem to be successful and appear to win without ever getting caught. However, I also know that the Principle of life and justice is always at work. Karma has a funny way of working behind the scenes, so to speak, and coming back around to balance the scales at some point in time. So setting integrity aside is not something I recommend in any area of life. Integrity or the lack of it is what your very reputation, success and joy in life is built upon.
Like Attracts Like
I find it hard to believe that any person who has the title of manager or is considered to be a leader in their organizations and/or communities, use their titles and positions to cut corners. I’ve seen this done time and time again in just for the experience of a momentary profit be it in dollars or perceived power.
This type of behavior is as corrosive as a constant drip that can eventually cause a massive granite rock to split in two. Every time a person tells himself or herself they had a perfectly valid reason for being dishonest, their moral fiber becomes weaker. Eventually, they will suffer the consequences. While the instant gratification of the lack of integrity may feel good, it will never last.
Integrity is Your Greatest Currency
The value of trust goes beyond anything that can be measured. Trust among people is earned and comes as a result of integrity. Those who display integrity are trusted. So, this is the way it goes. If you want to develop and build integrity you must surround yourself with people who possess and live according to the same character, values and integrity that you aspire to. In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “When you lie down with the dogs, you rise up with fleas.”
And, remember what Ronald Regan said ” The character that takes command in the moments of crucial choices has already been determined by the little choices of years pas – by those times when the voice of conscience was at war with the voice of temptation, whispering the lie that “it really doesn’t matter. ‘
Integrity is forever. Develop it. Cherish it. Live it. Solidify it at the core of your being. And never let it go. If you are ready to establish integrity as the core of your life, I can help you achieve your goals. Simply sign up for a free consultation by clicking here.