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Integrity and What That Means to You

When you look up the word Integrity you will most likely get a definition like this:

Integrity is the qualification of being honest and having strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.

But when asked if you have integrity can you truthfully say “Yes”? I’m most certain that the majority of people can answer this question with a yes, but there are times when we think long and hard that we may have to say “no”. This doesn’t mean we are a bad person, it simply means we need to reframe how we do business or treat people as well as ourselves. As long as we treat others as we wish to be treated, 9 times out of 10 it works well. But there are those you may come across who don’t feel they deserve to be treated well, so most likely they will do the same to others.

Before we can look at the word integrity we also need to look at ourselves.

  • Are you harsher on yourself than you are with others?
  • Are you the first one to take the blame, no matter who’s at fault?
  • Are you the one who is the first to have an outburst of anger or regret?
  • Is it hard for you to take criticism or a compliment?

When we exhibit many of these traits we tell the world we have no integrity, because our confidence level is as low as we feel. But when we trust in ourselves and others, our integrity grows to levels other’s can see and strive to attain. It all boils down to how you perceive yourself.

There a ton of self help books out there to help take you from ground zero to top ten, but until you are really ready to hear and digest the words in each page, how much will you really change in yourself?

I recommend you start with a pros list. Ask yourself the following:

✓ How many things can I do that no other person can?
✓ What are the traits I really like about myself?
✓ What do people tell me I’m good at doing?
✓ Who do I idolize and why?
✓ What can I do to change the things I don’t like and improve on the things I do about myself?
✓ Is my work and behavior a true reflection of who I am?

This little exercise will not only build your self-esteem it will give you the ground work of how and why you want to improve. When you do this, you build your integrity not only with yourself, but with others as well.

Much blessings,

Doris Muna

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