When you think of the word “integrity” does consistency, honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s action come to mind?
Well these are keywords in the definition.
When people are in integrity, you are able to visually see it through their actions, words, decisions, and outcomes.
Although we aspire to be in integrity with what we believe, sometimes we screw up.
It is doing these times it is very important to communicate that.
For example, let’s say that you committed yourself to going to a party but then on the date of the party you changed your mind and don’t want to (or can’t) go. (Never happens, right?)
Here are two scenarios:
1. You don’t show up.
Not you’re not within your integrity.
2. You call the person and let them know that you won’t be coming.
Now you’re still within your integrity to the best of your ability because although you still didn’t keep your initial word, you communicated to the person that in essence you screwed up.
That leaves a favorable impression that even if you’re unable to keep your word you’re at least honest and trustworthy to communicate it.
Today, strive to be in integrity but if you find yourself falling short at least acknowledge it by communicating.