What values are directing your life? Are you being honest with others? With yourself?
“People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.”
— David A. Bednar
In work-life and in some personal relationships, situations arise that can compromise your honesty or integrity, if you let them. In your work life, these situations may come wrapped in the promise of opportunity: “If I look the other way, I might benefit or get ahead.” This can sometimes be true, but at what cost to others, or to your character?
The reality is, you do impact others with the way you handle your values, and after awhile this forms your character and defines you outwardly. Although you shouldn’t heavily rely on what others think of you, it should be taken into careful consideration— especially if you value your relationships with your family, friends and coworkers. Being a person of integrity means that you care about leaving others with the impression that you are kind, thoughtful and genuine, even if they don’t know you. This is crucial to personal growth and true success.
“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Your decisions can have a ripple effect spanning much larger than you anticipate. Make sure your ripple effect is a positive one, rooted in right values, with the intent of benefitting everyone. To do this, you must first ensure that your values are placed on the right things.
Here are some tips to Take Back Your Power and realign your values:
Answer these questions honestly:
- What did I do during my free time today?
- How did I spend my money today?
- Who do I look up to?
- Who or what do my thoughts always drift to?
By answering these questions honestly, you can see exactly what you value and where you need to focus your attention if your values have drifted from where they should be. We can always do better!