VI. Becoming a Person of Integrity.
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A. Integrity is a value, like persistence, courage and industriousness. Even more than that, it is the value that guarantees all the other values. You are a good person to the degree to which you live your life consistent with the highest values that you espouse. Integrity is the quality that locks in your values and causes you to live consistent with them.
F. All of life is lived from the inside out. At the very core of your personality lie your values about yourself and life in general. Your values determine the kind of person you really are. What you believe has defined your character and your personality. It is what you stand for, and what you won’t stand for, that tells you and the world the kind of person you have become.
G. Ask yourself this question: What are your five most important values in life? Your answer will reveal an enormous amount about you. What would you pay for, sacrifice for, suffer for and even die for? What would you stand up for, or refuse to lie down for? What are the values that you hold most dear? Think these questions through carefully and, when you get a chance, write down your answers.
1. Here’s another way of asking that question. What men and women, living or dead, do you most admire?
2. The answers to these questions form the foundation of your character and your personality.
3. Once you have determined your five major values, you should now organize them in order of importance.
“Guard your integrity as a sacred thing.” In study after study, the quality of integrity, or a person’s adherence to values, ranks as the number one quality sought in every field. When it comes to determining whom they will do business with, customers rank the honesty of a salesperson as the most important single quality.
1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
A. Likewise, integrity is the number one quality of leadership. Integrity in leadership is expressed in terms of constancy and consistency. It is manifested in an absolute devotion to keeping one’s word. The glue that holds all relationships together--including the relationship between the leader and the led--is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
C. Earl Nightingale once wrote, “If honesty did not exist, it would have to be invented as it is the surest way of getting rich.”
D. It is your personal reputation for keeping your word and fulfilling your commitments. Your integrity precedes you and affects all of your interactions with other people.
E. A value combined with a definition becomes an organizing principle, a statement that you can use to help you make better decisions. It is a measure and standard which enables you to know how closely you are adhering to your innermost beliefs and convictions.
To study men and women of great character.
B. Napoleon Hill, in his book, The Master Key to Riches, tells about how he created an imaginary board of personal advisors made up of great figures of history. Whenever he had to make a decision, he would relax deeply and then imagine that the members of his advisory council were sitting at a large table in front of him. He would then ask them what he should do to deal
effectively with a particular situation.
2. The third and most important step in building your integrity has to do with formulating your approach based on the psychology of human behavior.
3. But we also know that you don’t always start off feeling the way you want to. However, because of the Law of Reversibility, if you act as if you had a particular feeling, the action will generate the feeling consistent with it. You can, in effect, act your way into feeling. You can “fake it until you make it.”
A. The first area of integrity has to do with your relationship with your family and your friends. Psychologists have determined that most stress and negativity comes from attempting to live in a way that is not congruent with your highest values.