“That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion.”—R.E.M.
Amy Rees Anderson, writing for Forbes.com says, “ If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever…building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose…”
Today, we all seem to justify our actions and make excuses for the lies we tell others as well as ourselves. Have you ever thought “being the nice guy gets me nowhere?” Learned behaviors from childhood cause us to think about our needs and wants first. This kind of thinking comes from a place of fear and from a wounded ego.
It might seem that those who lack integrity the most appear to be the most successful, but it will catch up with them. Eventually, the price you pay to be on top for one moment in time costs you the things you value most. Is it worth your spouse, your kids, or your reputation? Deal with the wounded ego and commit yourself to conquering your fears and relinquishing control, because abundance is within your grasp without relinquishing your personal integrity.
When you have integrity, others can trust you. A person of integrity values honesty, commitment, reliability, sober actions, respect for others, confidentiality, and morality. Most importantly you never check your integrity at the door. When you check your integrity you allow yourself to become convinced by justification that you deserve to use whatever means to the end you need and you begin to embrace dishonesty, corruption, disrespect, scandal, unethical behaviors and lack of discretion.
If you believe that the only way to achieve happiness is to lie, cheat and steal you will always be a wounded soul. Who do you want to be? Expand your box and be the person you choose to be.
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. —Tony Robbins