In a world where it is currently hard to determine what is true and what is not, it has become even more important to be individuals that are true to our word. It is also important for us to maintain our own acceptable level of integrity. In everything we do, we are measured on how we follow through on our commitments, how true we are to our given word and how we exemplify ourselves as leaders. At the end of the day, our integrity is everything and we are the ones that are in total control of it.
Throughout my career I have mostly been in account management positions where I was responsible for taking care of the company’s clients. In the course of that job I had to make promises regarding deliverables, ensure that contractural obligations were met and that clients needs were taken care of. To the client I was the company, so my ability to deliver on my promises consistently put my personal integrity at stake. As you can imagine this can cause a lot of pressure at times as you try to maneuver through large organizations. Yet, at other times it could be incredibly rewarding when you were able to line up all the necessary elements to deliver on the things that were promised. This is often mirrored in our personal lives.
Friendships, relationships and personal connections are all centered around the ability for us to portray a level of integrity in all our actions. Over the years I have encountered people who could not tell the truth if they tried. One lie becomes twenty, as the need to tell lies to cover previous lives increases. Rarely have I seen these individuals be successful in their personal or professional lives. Even if they are, it always catches with them at some point and the dominoes start to fall. Individuals with integrity are usually quick to spot these types of people and find a way to weed them out of our lives. That is if we believe in true integrity and honesty.
Living a true honest life with integrity is easy. If you are being true to yourself, you don’t need to exert all the energy that is required to live a life full of lies and deceit. It also means that you never have to apologize for who you are because you are living your life. An individuals integrity is like gold. If you have it the world is your oyster. If you lack it your life path is going to be a long lonely road.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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