When temptation strikes, when no one’s watching, when you’re not being monitored, when there is a void in accountability or a lack of transparency, your willPower waxes or wanes according to your current supply of INTEGRITY. To understand what INTEGRITY really is, let’s get clear on what it is not:
- INTEGRITY is not about being perfect.
Making mistakes and falling are part of being human and a critical part of learning and growing. Lapses in INTEGRITY often arise in organizations or relationships where mistakes are severely punished. Rather than upsetting the superior, parent, or loved one, the mistake is concealed. Where mistakes are accepted — and even encouraged — as a necessary passage to innovation and progress, INTEGRITY overcomes the human emotions of shame and guilt.
- INTEGRITY is not a quality some people possess and others do not.
We all have INTEGRITY…in our wholeness. When we are being true to ourselves (and are allowed to be true to ourselves…), INTEGRITY flows more easily and naturally. INTEGRITY is the integr-ation of our higher self intentions with our human behavior. It’s a compass that aligns our values with our words and our words with our actions. INTEGRITY is therefore an indicator that our outer life is in sync with our inner peace.
So, this week’s practice involves both improving the environment for your INTEGRITY to flourish and monitoring your supply.
Wholeness. Integration. Firing from all cylinders…did you vacation this year? did you get enough sleep last night? how has your nutrition been lately? how about your exercise program? do you feel safe to make mistakes in your job…in your relationship(s)?
Use your lapses in INTEGRITY as a barometer of self-care and self-exploration. Be true to you and watch your INTEGRITY flourish.