In this episode you will learn:

  • The benefits of living in self-integrity
  • One sign that presents itself when you are not in alignment with your core values.
  • What to do when you have stepped out of your integrity
  • The importance of making conscious commitments.

 

Transcript: 3 Ways To Practice Self-Integrity

Today I am going to be talking about self-integrity. I believe that living in self-integrity is crucial in order to live your best life.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The benefits of living in self-integrity
  • One sign that presents itself when you are not in alignment with your core values.
  • What to do when you have stepped out of your integrity
  • The importance of making conscious commitments.  

Let’s begin by discussing how the word integrity came about.

The word integrity stems from the Latin word “integer” which means whole or complete. This means that when you are in self-integrity you present yourself as a “whole”  and you consistently show up as your whole self regardless of your environment, your circumstances, or who you are with.

Wikipedia defines integrity as “the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.” Self-integrity is an unwavering commitment with oneself that you will show up every day in consistent alignment with your own core values, beliefs, and principles. This is an agreement with yourself that you will do the right thing under any circumstances and avoid doing anything that would dishonor you or demean your character.

I love this quote by Dr. Brene Brown that states “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort. It’s choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. It’s choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.”

Why is integrity important?

When you are living a life of self-integrity you do not have to expend a lot of energy and time worrying about what you should or should not do. You allow your internal knowing to guide you in doing what is right which can alleviate stress and worry.

Living in self-integrity allows you to acknowledge yours and other’s imperfections with less judgment and more compassion. And when you live a life of self-integrity, not only will your own life flourish but you will provide a ripple effect of trust, honesty, and dependability that will expand to those around you.

There are a number of benefits to living a life of self-integrity including:

  • Becoming more valued and  respected
  • Being viewed as an achiever and trustworthy
  • A dependable person
  • Healthy relationships   

3 ways to practice self-integrity. 

Do the right thing…even when no one is watching.

Living in self-integrity means that you make decisions that are in the best interests of those involved, even if no one else is watching you rather than making a decision on how it will make you look to others. 

If you are at a crossroads and unsure what decision to make and you are questioning whether or not you are standing in your integrity, ask yourself  “Am I doing the right thing?”

Then allow yourself to answer. The answer is always there.

If you are experiencing self-doubt, this is a sign or a red flag that whatever you are considering doing, may not be in alignment with your core values and your moral compass.

Take the time to get crystal clear about what feels like the right decision before you move forward. 

Stay true to yourself.           

When you honor yourself and act in accordance with your core values, you are staying true to who you are and living in self-integrity.

When something does not feel right or you begin to feel uneasy, take pause, and ask yourself if you are upholding your core values. Most likely you have stepped out of your integrity and you need to give yourself the time and space to get back on track.

Meditation is a great way to get centered.

Make conscious commitments and honor them.

Be sure before you commit to something that you truly want to do it.  This will save you undue stress and anxiety in the future.  When you commit to something you should ensure that your heart is really in it.  If you are wanting to commit out of obligation or to please someone else, don’t commit. You want to ensure that you are committing for the right reasons and that they are in alignment with your personal goals. 

Once you commit, ensure you follow through.  To live with integrity requires that you keep your word and as a result, you will build and maintain honest and healthy relationships.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. This is Lori Lander with Lori Lander Coaching. Make today YOUR day!

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