Integrity is the golden value which is the foundation for good character. So far, we have learned that living a reputation of integrity produces immeasurable opportunities and ensures happiness in one’s life. A Japanese proverb says, “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.” In other words, a reputation that has been built for years can be crumbled with a single act of dishonesty. Moving on, this last piece will enlighten you on how to maintain and preserve the golden value.
The first step in preserving this value is defining your core values. Core values are values that you will not compromise no matter what the consequences are. Then, analyse every choice you make. There are times when knowing what is right and wrong comes easily and there are other times that one needs to really dissect what is on the table to be able to tell the difference. So this may require extra time to figure things out. It is important to have this at the back of your mind that, integrity is not a value you stick with when things are rosy alone but also when it is not convenient. You should live by this value at all times.
Another important thing to work on is encouraging yourself and being a better you. Let the fundamental values take root and bear fruits; good self-esteem and self-confidence. This will ensure you make the right choices when under pressure to make the wrong call. As stated in the previous articles, develop friendships that will ensure you live this quality life you have chosen. Develop relationships that promote and demonstrate integrity.
Furthermore, incorporate assertiveness in your choices so that you can defend your position in maturity. It is very important to note that white lies are essentially lies. There is no small lie or big lie, lies are lies. Also, never make promises that you know you cannot keep. Learn to keep your word. In other words, let your yes be yes and your no, no. Be prepared to face hard times because they are inevitable and when they come, the temptation becomes so great that it will take a person of integrity to overcome. See these hard times as avenues to demonstrate the golden value. Always remember that you’re not looking for approval from people.
In conclusion, being a person of integrity means that your actions are harmonious with your core values. This means you stand for honesty in words and in deeds. Integrity is a scarce commodity these days and it is highly-priced especially in leaders. This value cannot be hidden as it speaks for itself and true success is assured. Develop and maintain this reputation by identifying your core values, analysing every choice you make and then cultivating the attributes of integrity around you by developing your self-confidence and self-esteem and developing relationships that uphold the golden value dearly.
The journey so far has been enlightening, no doubt. Thanks for following the series and it is believed that it was worth every second of your time. I wish you all the best in life as you incorporate integrity in your core values.