Today’s blog is adapted from Chapter 2 of my upcoming book Unbeatable! which is scheduled to be released within the next few weeks! It’s about personal integrity.
There is security for those who walk in integrity. They are not worried about reaping the consequences of surreptitious activity because it is not a part of their DNA. This person is wired with cables of honesty, trust, and reliability. They can be taken at their word because their track record shows it.
Psychologist Henry Cloud, in his book Integrity, has offered an excellent description of what integrity looks like. He states, “Who a person is will ultimately determine if their brains, talents, competencies, energy, effort, deal-making abilities, and opportunities will succeed.” The starting point is the inner self. It’s all about character.
Integrity, then, has to do with wholeness, with having a character that is integrated and intact. This is a sign of maturity. Integrity goes beyond being honest or true to your word. To have integrity is to face reality and to respond to it with poise, emotional intelligence, and temperance.
Ancient Hebrew wisdom literature says this: “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” The promise is that integrity offers sound guidance. It leads you on the right path and causes you to make wholesome decisions. By contrast, the person lacking in integrity, described above as unfaithful, meets a destructive end because they are double-minded. Their duplicity hurts them because they are divided internally and lack integration.
The person of integrity makes right choices, which guard them on their moral journey. It’s a positive cycle of healthy choices that result in having a shield of protection from danger. The person who does not invest in the integrity of their character is typically floored by their own poor choices.
How is your integrity journey going? I hope it’s on your radar and, if not, the year 2020 is an ideal time to begin this noble pursuit. Building your inner character on the pillar of integrity is building on solid ground. Let us journey together.