Aug 28, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Everyone knows right from wrong. Right? Wrong.

Integrity shouldn’t be an option. Unfortunately, it appears to be that way.

Integrity means wholeness. In morality/ethics, it means having a point of view about what is right, doing what is right, and — at the highest level — taking a stand to correct what is not right.

Being late shows a lack of integrity. Not keeping your word shows a lack of integrity. Providing faulty work just to get a job done with shows a lack of integrity.

We all break our word sometimes, often more to our own selves than to others.

All around the world, we see examples of lack of integrity in the news: lack of regard for life, people inciting riots over false rumors, failure to examine the facts in order to push one’s own agenda, corruption and bribery, and pushing the limits of the law.

But lack of integrity is lack of integrity, although the scale or consequences have a wide variation. When asked, most people think they have integrity, and don’t want to face the truth that they may not. Accusing someone of lacking integrity is a serious thing to do.

The first step is to look within, before judging others. Where do I lack integrity?
Over the last several years, I have heard many stories of individuals who have done wrong by colleagues, peers and/or their clients/customers.

• Clients who have failed to pay fees for services rendered.
• Partners who have declined to follow through on their “partner” obligations.
• Professionals who have been duped by fellow professionals.
• Hiring Managers who fail to follow through or make false claims regarding job seekers or recruiters.
• Supposed colleagues and potential clients who take advantage of your knowledge and skills — your wisdom — providing you with no return.

HAVE SOME CHARACTER.

Look at the choices you’ve made in your past, and observe how much you have or haven’t lived by those principles. Don’t waste time feeling regretful or guilty. Remember that “…until a person can say deeply and honestly, I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday, that person cannot say, I choose otherwise.” -Stephen R. Covey.

Integrity is synonymous with honesty
– What are your core values?
– Is integrity one of them?
– Integrity – complete honesty with yourself is a good place to start. Sometimes it is painful!
– Love yourself
– Make the decision
– Have a role model
– When you are make a mistake apologize (especially to yourself), forgive, and forget
– Start your day with intention and end your day in gratitude
– Surround yourself with others committed to the same values!
– Do not quit

If this is how you already live, I want you to stand up, put your shoulders back, and acknowledge yourself. Well done!

Integrity is a choice. It is consistently choosing the purity of truth over popularity.” – Byrd Baggett