“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Last week’s blog, “Are You Lacking Integrity?” talked about what integrity is and listed a few thought provoking questions to ask yourself if to reflect on your own integrity. As promised, this week I’m going talk about ways to build your integrity.
Building a life of integrity is a choice that affects many aspects of your being; business, personal and family. It can be easy to slip out of alignment, so it’s important that you do an honest self assessment, such as asking questions like those in last week’s blog, to evaluate where you’re doing well and where you may need to work on building your integrity.
Here are a few things you can do to build your integrity:
Be completely honest with yourself: Ask yourself the tough questions, question your motives and stop justifying when you know you’re wrong. Stop making excuses for yourself. Quit lying to yourself! You must be brutally honest with yourself to live with integrity.
Do what you say you’re going to do: Trust is the foundation of building your integrity. It’s as important to your confidence as it is to others confidence in you. When you make a promise keep it. When you don’t follow through on your promises you have lost focus and may fail at keeping your commitments. To building your integrity, make sure you’re doing what you say, make promises you can keep. Under promise and over deliver, as the saying goes.
Be honest in your communications: If you don’t know something, don’t make up the answer. Let the person seeking information know that you’ll have to get back to them or direct them to the proper place. Be honest with your shortcomings. If you’re not going to be able to do what you said you were going to, make it known to the appropriate people rather than letting them down.
Surround yourself with the proper influences: Surround yourself with people you admire, that will be honest with you and that have like values. We all have blind-spots and/or need guidance – find a minimum of three people who will give you honest feedback and guidance. Find a group of like-minded people to associate with, such as a networking group or supportive community.
Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is not selfish; it is healthy and allows you to be fully available to attend to other things. Make sure you’re taking care of your health, but also that you are taking the time for personal development. The more you learn and grow, the more you have to offer. Taking care of yourself also helps you to stay focused.
Putting these integrity building ideas into practice and intentionally focusing on your daily behaviors, will keep you on your path to a life of integrity.