Today we live in a very crowded and busy world. This new age of information has flooded our lives with distractions of every kind. The news is full of stories of immorality, corruption and greed. The good news is that each one of us has the power to change the course our society is on and integrity is the key. Amidst all the noise and clutter come new opportunities to practice integrity on a daily basis. If you apply yourself and practice integrity you will change the course of the world by navigating away from the negative influences and restoring positivity and compassion to our culture. Let’s take a closer look at Integrity so that we can understand, recognize and practice it.
What Does Integrity Mean?
Integrity, as defined by Merriam – Webster, is a “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; the quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole.” Basically, Integrity is living in harmony with our own values which in turn influences all we touch.
How Do I Recognize Integrity?
Living with integrity requires living from the heart, practicing what you preach and doing the right thing for the right reasons, even when no one is looking. Integrity is a consistency between a person’s values and their actions. You are the same person in public as you are in private. Integrity is a highly valued character trait in professional and personal relationships. If people know they can turn their back to you and still trust you to do the right thing, they will give you their all.
If you look at integrity from another perspective you will often find that others refer to people with integrity as honest, decent, sincere, fair, and trustworthy. When you exhibit integrity people naturally have confidence in you and it helps them know what to expect from you. People trust those who have proven themselves to be trustworthy.
How Do You Practice Integrity?
The practice of integrity will vastly improve your life. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Take responsibility for your words and actions. Don’t blame and don’t make excuses. Avoid gossip and negative self-talk.
- Practice humility, sincerity and transparency.
- Add value to others to help them succeed.
- Surround yourself with people of high integrity. They will motivate and support you in your efforts to improve.
How Do I tell If I’m Off Track?
When you are not living in integrity you will experience discomfort in your life. Use your feelings and physical sensations of the body as a guide when trying to determine if you are on track. When you are off track you might be exhibiting judgment or criticism. Perhaps your words and actions no longer match. Are you acting impulsively and carelessly? When this happens take a moment, pause, look inside. Your answers are there if you look and listen. We are all human and the practice of integrity is an ongoing. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. They are gifts to help you identify areas where you need to grow.
Now Let’s Go Out and Practice Integrity!
Integrity is the one quality that looks the same across the world. Wherever you go, doing the right thing whether people are watching or not watching is a treasured quality. Countries value the quality in their leaders, their friends, their family, and their lovers. Do not let society tell you different. While a lack of integrity is received with minimal punishment these days, an abundance of the quality is received with maximum praise. Many know what is right, but do not act upon it. Instead join the crowd that actively builds upon and reaffirms morality. Change the course of society and steer away from negative influences and restore positivity and compassion to our culture. Practice integrity in all you do and you will be richly rewarded.