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Integrity. The foundation of success.

I believe that there is nothing more important to success than a strong commitment to integrity.
Written Mar 19, 2010, read 4413 times since then.
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What is integrity exactly?

Everyone seems to have a different answer. It makes sense though, because integrity is a little different in it's meaning to each person because what each person has integrity to in life never generally is exactly the same. defines Integrity as the following.
  • Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
  • The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.
  • A sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.
My favorite personal definition of Integrity is taken and modified from a quote I read of Gandhi’s that related to happiness. “Integrity is when what you say, think and do are in harmony.”

Jesus Christ spoke of integrity as beginning at the thought. Sin is basically a breakdown of integrity to God’s law. Jesus stated that to sin was not only to perform the action, but it was also to even think the sin. Integrity begins with discipline of thought. If you can control the thought, you can control the action.

Why is integrity important?

Because it works! Think about this. You set a goal in business. If you have integrity to that goal, you follow through, you think the goal, you talk about your goal, and then you act on your goal, what happens? The answer is simple; you are successful in your goal. You will also find that as time progresses you won't only just be successful with your goal, but you will find success in many other areas. Practicing Integrity is like the sun touching on darkness in every area of your life. People believe you; they believe in you, they trust you and they listen to you. They begin to respect you, have faith in you and they know that your word correlates to a result.

Let's play a quick game.

I was at a luncheon recently and I listened to a motivational speaker. He had the audience participate in an exercise. I enjoyed the exercise and the result of it, so I would like to share it in this article. I modified the exercise a little to fit this article.

Get out something to write with. Take a few moments to look back at the people who have most positively impacted or changed your life. People like a mentor, a teacher, a coach, a hero, a parent, or a friend. When you think about those people, write down the things about them that positively impacted you, the things that you remember most about them and all the things that made you feel the way you felt about them. Now once you have written those things down, take a look at what you have written. Mark each one of those things as either a character trait or as a skill. Take a few moments to tally up everything. Most people will notice that the majority of those things you wrote down are related to those people's character. Notice that only a few of the things relate to a person’s skills. Notice that their greatness is not attributed to their skills, their car, their house, but it is in their character. Now again think about what you wrote down about the people you have respected so much. What do people see in your character? What do you want them to see? How can those thoughts become your integrity, what will you think, say and do?

In Closing.

You will achieve success when you have a clear vision of what you want. Apply integrity to that clear vision. What will you say, think and do towards? What will you apply your integrity towards? Clearly define that and think about it, talk about it and act on it.

Integrity takes a lot of work and it is not the easy route. However, Integrity is like paying cash versus paying with credit. Integrity holds no principal and no interest, no fines, no fees, no hidden surprises, no strings attached and it offers a perfect credit score. It takes more up front but it is like money in the bank, and it will pay out interest.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoyed it. Also, If you want to continue reading I also included a quick little article on integrity that I enjoyed by Anthony Robinson.
  1. What you see is what you get. Outer and inner are connected, parts of one whole.
  2. A person who has basic integrity honors commitments and keeps promises. If they say they will be there, they are. If they promise to do something, they do it.
  3. A person with integrity is truthful. You can trust what they tell you.
  4. Consistency. Someone who has integrity isn't your new best friend one week and then next week doesn't seem to know you.
  5. Integrity doesn't mean that a person never makes mistakes. But a person with integrity accepts responsibility for his or her own mistakes or failures and does what's in his or her power to put things right.
  6. People with Integrity are slow to blame others for their problems or frustrations. They are not whiners.
  7. People of integrity care about the work, the mission, or the product and about a job well done, and not just about what they personally will get out of it in terms of money, recognition, or advancement.
  8. While receptive to learning and change, people of integrity are skeptical of simple answers to complex problems, and not inclined toward fads or buzzwords.
  9. A person of integrity minds his or her own business. I don't mean isolation. I mean paying attention to your own responsibilities and work rather than freely inserting yourself into the responsibilities of another.
  10. People of integrity know that they are not perfect and that sometimes in this life it is not possible to avoid disappointing or hurting others. Because of this they are able to forgive and recognize their own need for forgiveness

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