Let’s take a pop-quiz:
Which of the following acts, would you say, are acts with personal integrity?
1. What do you do when someone is calling you or asking you a favor?
a) Do the best you can, to acknowledge their request and do something about it.
b) Just ignore it.
2. What do you do when someone is depending on your actions?
a) Procrastinate till the very last minute.
b) Spend more time on excuses and complaining, instead of getting the actual job done.
c) Put all your effort to completion, and be grateful for the responsibility that was trusted to you.
3. What do you do, when meeting someone?
a) Show appreciation of their time and arrive 5 minutes early or show up on time.
b) Finish couple more things on the way, and get there late and completely exhausted.
Integrity is great component of maintaining your self-image. It represents who you are as a person. It is something which you will be remembered by. A person with high personal integrity, is most likely to be described as honest, committed, efficient, punctual, concise and kind.
Keeping this few key words in mind while communicating and interacting with people, can enhance your reliability and trustworthiness.
There is no second chance for first impression.
Gaining people’s trust is a difficult job and it cannot be accomplished over night. It’s a long process of hard work, self-improvement and total dedication and commitment. It can be very difficult regaining someone’s trust, once lost. On the other hand, if you are recognized as valuable and hard-working link of today’s society, offers will come to you more easily and you’ll be surrounded by people who will seek for your help and collaboration.
No matter who you meet in your life and under which circumstances, you should always act with integrity.
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Today’s drinking buddy might become tomorrow’s business client. Today’s business client might become lifelong friend.
Contacts are the most important element in business and private life. This is how we share information and seek for the most relevant sources for our personal interests.
Keeping integrity in your family life can also reflect on many other aspects on life. Stay in touch with your relatives, and be present on most of the family gatherings, help the elders, educate the youngsters. Family values (knowing your roots and culture) are great motive for self-improvement and integrity. If you are a provider for your family and role model for your children, think about what would your children pick up from your behavior, and how to raise them with high moral and ethic values.
Punctuality is also a key element. And no, promises were not made to be broken.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to raise your standards, but know your limits. You don’t want to end up people taking advantage of you, or quite the opposite – letting people down.
The philosophy is pretty simple, just behave with others as you want them to behave with you.