"Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private." — Joyce Meyer
The dictionary defines integrity as being honest, whole, undivided, and with internal consistency without corruption. If we’re honest with ourselves, do any of us actually possess such quality of character? Sure, we may be honest and truthful, perhaps even more so than many, but don't we often have divided feelings and sometimes have bad days when we act inconsistent with the way we aspire be?
While it is a lofty goal, integrity is also a worthy one. We should always seek to be consistent in our beliefs, thoughts, words, actions and interactions, so that when others think of us we can be sure that they have a clear picture of who we are and what we stand for. That’s not to say that they are sure to like what we stand for, but it is to say that at least we have the integrity to stand up for who we are rather than being a shape shifter with the ever-changing tides.
The Magic Word Integrity reminds us to mean what we say and to follow through with what we say, whether it’s convenient or not. And while integrity is seldom convenient, it is always about doing what is right.
What can you do today to be more honest with yourself and others? When thoughts and actions divide your from your integrity, what can you do to be more consistent with the type of person you want to be?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.