The Light of Integrity
In all of the years of service to my clients, the one constant was all who denied their personal truth and allowed themselves to accept mediocrity were miserable. They struggled to find satisfaction in their careers and found themselves disconnected not only from their families and friends, but from themselves. Eventually, they all saw the light of their own truths and started to thrive. What was that light? Integrity.
Integrity is a core value that is comprised of two main parts- respect and responsibility. It is surprising how many do not respect themselves, though they are often blind to it. We all fall into ruts and routines. We wake up, go to work, come home, and go back to bed. Rinse and repeat. Being on auto-pilot is dangerous to your psyche. It allows for the quiet acceptance of minor slights and jabs that aren't a big enough deal to confront the transgressor. These tiny swords erode our truth and cause us to stumble. We betray ourselves with our thoughts and behavior, telling ourselves that "it's just once" or "it's not a big deal." But it is!
Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to see if you need to check yourself:
Do I have empathy for others?
Do I take ownership for my actions?
Have I mastered my emotions?
Am I humble?
Do I have self confidence?
Do I hold myself accountable?
Do I keep the bigger picture in mind?
Am I courageous?
Knowing who you are and what you value are the first steps to aligning yourself with your true core. Acting with integrity by treating yourself and others with respect, and taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions will shed the shackles of mediocrity and misery. You were created with a unique genius that is to be celebrated instead of being stifled to suit others' needs. You can set appropriate boundaries that will honor who you choose to be, and will allow space for you to examine your emotions. Invest in yourself and resonate with your truth!