Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Power of Integrity
Scratching my head this morning, trying to remember when it was or where it was that I read the definition of integrity.
"Integrity is being the same person you are inside your
house as you are outside of your house."
We go through life and sometimes we believe that in order to advance ourselves in our relationships or career that we have to be someone else. Take on a different persona, play a different part. Have you ever noticed someone's behavior change when they are with different people?
The beautiful part of being in integrity is that you never have a sleepless night wondering if someone will "find out" that you hid the truth.
I read the Wisdom Commons post this morning and loved how they talked about integrity:
"Integrity means being true to ourselves and being honest, upright, and decent in our dealings with others. When we are guided by integrity, our thoughts and words are in line with each other; our actions align with our principles. Our conduct speaks for us, more eloquently than words ever could. It becomes the basis for both reputation and self-respect. Integrity demands courage but delivers untroubled sleep.
Developing integrity requires internal honesty, because we can’t be honest with others unless we are honest with ourselves. It requires self awareness, since we cannot accurately communicate what we do not know.
People of integrity can be counted on to stand up for what it right, even if it is unpopular, and to behave with honor even when there is no one around to see. Integrity allows other people to trust us because they know that we value our commitments and seek to live by them. It is one of the cornerstones of loving relationships and shared endeavors."
What would the world be like, what would your life be like if we were all just a little more honest with ourselves?