Honesty and truthfulness
Being honest and having strong moral principles isn’t easy. However, life is easier when you live with integrity. Others can trust you, and that trust is useful, even if it isn’t easily earned. Acting with integrity is harder in the short-term, but invaluable down the road. Life steadily gets easier when you act with integrity.
You feel free and easy when you choose to live a life of honesty. When your words and actions are in alignment you are a complete or whole person that is called integrity.
Tell your friends the truth in all circumstances. Honesty strengthens your relationships. Although the truth is sometimes difficult to hear, be committed to being a trustworthy ally for the people who mean the most to you.
You build strong relationships with others too because you tell the truth.
When you speak honestly, you needn’t worry about relying on memory to recount a situation. The truth is based on your moral perspective.
Being candid allows you to be consistent in your expressions. It strengthens your conviction and shows others that you are a person of principles. Your word is reliable because you ensure that it comes from an honorable place.
It is sometimes tempting to cover up mistakes, please refrain from doing that. Creating a shroud of dishonesty only leads to more dishonesty and the inability to recover from it.
When you tell the truth, you sleep very well at night. It is a good feeling to avoid being a prisoner of your own thoughts. You release them in the most honest and considerate way possible. Your heart and soul are at ease because you are truthful.
Today, the truth set you free once again. You are blessed to know the value of being honest. You are committed to keeping your words, actions, and behavior in line with your beliefs.
“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.” - Anonymous
Strengthen Your Integrity with These Easy Tips
Live life with honesty and integrity:
1. Work on your personal growth. Developing yourself is an effective way to strengthen your integrity. When you grow as a person, you become more comfortable with yourself and feel less need to be inauthentic.
2. Be reliable. Be on time, avoid cancelling appointments, and do what you say you’re going to do. If you say that you’ll deliver your report by noon on Friday, ensure that it’s done on time. It’s easy to be reliable if you under-promise. Make promises you know you can keep and you’ll never disappoint anyone.
3. Be honest with yourself. Before you do or say something, question why you’re doing it. What is your real purpose? Are you being self-serving at the expense of others, or are your motives more honorable? Self-awareness is a primary component of integrity.
4. Be gentle, but be honest. Do people believe that you’re a genuine person? Do you lie to be comfortable or to pretend that you’re something you’re not? Remember, honesty isn’t a license to tell a coworker that she’s fat or that her husband looks like a troll.
5. Live by your values each day. If you’re unaware of your values, now would be a great time to figure them out and list them. Knowing your values makes it easier to make decisions. It also makes your behavior more predictable, which makes others more comfortable. Know your values and live them each day.
6. Be willing to say no. When you say yes to things you don’t want to do, you’re not demonstrating integrity. You don’t have to take part in every opportunity that’s presented to you. Valuing your time is smart. Be honest and say no when you mean it.
7. Be more confident. Confident people are comfortable. Comfortable people are better able to act with integrity. A lack of integrity is often a response to discomfort. You’re not comfortable meeting your new girlfriend’s parents, so you fake an alternate appointment. You lack the confidence to give a speech at work, so you stay home “sick.”
- The more uncomfortable you are each day, the more likely your integrity will be challenged. Confidence and self-esteem are the answer. Work on both each day.
8. Stop doing the things you know you shouldn’t do. Are you stealing pens and post-it notes from work? Stealing your neighbor’s Sunday paper? Not putting a quarter in the kitty at work when you pour yourself a cup of coffee? Stealing napkins from the fast-food restaurant to stock your kitchen? Think about your behavior and adjust accordingly.
9. Be willing to stand up for something. Most of us have values and opinions, but few are willing to even share them, never mind stand up for them. While others won’t always agree with your stances, they will respect you for having them.
Live your life with integrity. It appears to be a more challenging way to live on the surface. But living with integrity is easier in the long run. You’ll be more respected and experience more success in all facets of your life.
How do I feel when someone is dishonest with me?
When is it most difficult for me to be straightforward with others?
What are some of the lessons I learn from being direct with others?
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