Have you ever asked someone explain what integrity is? If so, were they able to give you a valid definition?

The fact is many people may know what integrity is but they can’t describe it.

This article will help you to understand what integrity is and how you can use it in your life.

So, what is the definition of integrity?

CS Lewis summed up integrity as “doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

In practice people with integrity tell the truth and act in a sincere way. They treat people equally and take responsibility for their own feelings and actions. 

However, Integrity is more than just being honest; it’s acting ethically, consistently, and in a trustworthy manner.

Many feel that integrity is simply a state or condition of being whole and complete, perfect, sound, unimpaired, and lacking in no component parts.

Others believe, integrity is a matter of a person’s word.

If that’s the case then integrity has two aspects to it – keeping your word and honouring your word. 

Keeping Your Word

Keeping your word consists of doing what you said you would do and doing it on time. As humans, we are not always able to keep our word.

This is where the second component comes in which is honouring your word.

One may not always keep your word but you can always honour your word. 

Honouring your word starts by firstly acknowledging to yourself that you were unable to keep your word. Then, as soon as you became aware of it, you should then discuss it with everyone it may have impacted. 

This is how you restore your integrity.

So, what do you do if you were unable to keep your word and broke a promise or an agreement?

These three steps may help you. 

1. Acknowledge the promise or agreement you broke.

Example:

I need to restore my integrity with you because I have broken a promise I made to you!

2. Distinguish the impact caused by breaking your promise or agreement.

Example:

“I said that I would be on time for our meeting together. I did not do that. The time for our meeting was shortened. The impact is that it caused our meeting to be shortened and affected your schedule.”

3. At this point you should say what you will put in place to ensure that the promise or agreement is not broken in the future.

Example:

“What I request you to do is email me a reminder to leave my house 10 minutes earlier and hold me accountable to my word. And, I will there at our next meeting on time.”

The people impacted might see this as some form of an apology but you know you are restoring integrity.

However, integrity is NOT an apology. It is something that you set straight with yourself and nobody else.

And Finally….

Lastly, integrity is like wearing a piece of clothing. It’s something you put on every day. You should focus on it at the start of each day.

Remember integrity is not something so permanently attached to you that it becomes an automatic factor in your life. It needs to be worked on.

Happiness is important to everyone and in order to live the happy life you desire you have to work on improving your integrity each and every day.

Always accept that in order to improve at anything you may need to make changes and adjustments.

I leave you now to reflect on what you have read here.

While you do so listen to the amazing Julia Marco playing her beautiful music which will help you to find positive energy.

Author: Michael W

Special Thanks to,

Charlotte Chalkley