1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
“he is known to be a man of integrity”
2. the state of being whole and undivided.
WHAT GOOD IS INTEGRITY?
Let me tell you a story… Paul (that’s not his real name) said that he still has 10-year-old scars from the time he quit a good job rather than lie. When his boss asked him to issue a press release containing patently false statements, he refused, putting his employee badge on the table.
His boss calmly handed the badge back to him saying, “Think this over. Why throw away a good job and a promising career?”
Paul walked out so frustrated and frightened. He had to find a private place to cry. What’s worse, he said that his act of moral courage was a meaningless waste. Someone else issued the press release and his boss’s career flourished. “It took me years to find a job as good as that one and my family suffered,” he added. “So, what good did my integrity do for anyone?”
Jan 2, 2018 – How to be in integrity. Keep Your Word: As Miguel Ruiz wrote, “Be impeccable with your word.” Whatever you say, do. Be Honest: Speak your thoughts and feelings honestly. Never use your words to mask the truth. Be Deliberate with the Words You Tell Yourself and Others: Words carry an enormous weight to them.
Paul was looking for validation of his principled stance in the wrong places. We exercise integrity not to get what we want, but to BE what we want. Integrity is not essentially about winning; it’s about staying whole and being worthy of self-respect and the esteem of loved ones. It’s about being honorable, not as a success strategy but a life choice. Though Paul seemingly suffered for a time because of his moral courage, he would have suffered far worse had he betrayed his own values.
While he didn’t always appreciate it, Paul preserved for himself and his family something far more valuable than his job — his honor. And it’s no accident that he now has a better job with no pressures to cheat or lie.
“Hope of dishonest gain is the beginning of loss.” I don’t think that old saying refers to loss of money. I think it means loss of self-respect. You can have all the material things in the world, but if you’ve lost respect for yourself, what do you really have? The only way to ever attain success and enjoy it is to achieve it honestly and with pride in what you’ve done.
That isn’t just a sermon, it’s very practical advice. Not only can you take it to heart you can take it to the bank. Jim Rohn
“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become.” – Heraclitus (535-475 BC) Philosopher and Author