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Integrity, by definition, is the quality of always being honest and having strong moral principles. In simplistic terms, integrity means keeping your word.
I recently attended a course in Ft Lauderdale. We had a break every few hours, and right before the first break, the leader told us to come back at a specific time. A few people got back a few minutes late, casually wandering back into the room. She lost it. She went on to give a very intense lecture about the lack of integrity amongst us. Honestly, at first, I thought this was crazy. The thoughts running through my head were “lady, you’re nuts, just take a chill pill and relax. So what?? These people said they would be back at 1 and it’s 1:10. No biggie. Who cares?”. But she was right.
See, I have always tried to live a life of honesty, and especially in the past year when I have made a very conscious decision to always tell the truth, no matter the outcome. But I have never fully equated “honesty” with “integrity” until recently.
The lack of integrity in this world is, quite frankly, depressing. People seem to lie about everything in an attempt to either look good or avoid controversy, and people convince themselves that lying is okay because the end justifies the means. WRONG. We see it every day. People lie and make up ridiculous stories about why they were late in an attempt to not look bad. Staff members call in “sick” to their jobs, when in fact, they can be spotted later that day out to lunch with their friends. CEOs exaggerate the awesomeness of their company and profitability in order to attract more attention and look successful. Students lie about why they didn’t do their homework so that they don’t get in trouble with the teacher. Boyfriends/girlfriends lie and say they are going to call you and then never do. People promise things that they do not deliver. They don’t tell the truth and don’t keep their word. THAT is lack of integrity.
I observe lack of integrity every day. In the workplace, in relationships, everywhere. I am sure we can all tell stories about situations in which we gained the end result we wanted by lying, especially if we did not get caught. Unfortunately, the overall outcome is never good and often comes with great consequences. Building a reputation of integrity and truly having people trust you can take months or even years. But in the blink of an eye, you can lose it. It is never worth it. No matter what the circumstance. Lack of integrity can prevent you from ever attaining truly meaningful relationships in your life and it can also prevent you from achieving the high level of success in the workplace you so badly desire. Once you break that trust with even one person in your life, whether it be personal or even a client, word of your character can spread like wildfire in that person’s network and really damage what you have worked so hard for. Yet, when people trust you, those people will usually go above and beyond to help you, thereby opening ample opportunities and possibilities. Trust, quite frankly, is golden, and it is the key to success in many aspects of life.
Always try to associate with people who are like you. If integrity is an important value for you, surround yourself with those who have similar values. Inevitably, society will always associate your character with the character of your friends. Don’t ever accept less or make excuses for your friends who lie. Always keep your word and do what is right. No matter the consequence. Your soul will be happy you did.
Love, Peace, Health and Happiness,