virtues

how to develop your integrity

simply stephen / August 2, 2011

Part 2 of 2 in a series on integrity

part 1what is integrity

part 2how to develop your integrity

The million dollar question “How do you live with integrity?”.

We spoke about integrity and virtue but there wasn’t enough time to talk about it’s correlation to life.

Each of us has a different set of core values. They overlap with anyone they interact with. So how is it possible to live with integrity and satisfy everyone? It’s impossible. At least it’s pretty close.

You have to choose your mission and beliefs and stick to that path. It may lead you to new thoughts, beliefs and values as you wind down the road but sticking with your current plan keeps you true to yourself.

You know who the first person you should answer to?

You. Nobody else but you.

false beliefs and logic

Ethical practice and integrity is rooted in false belief and logic. It’s based on the principles that you hold dear to your heart. Not everyone will agree with everything you do or believe but that shouldn’t matter.

You will gain a more loyal and captive group of friends along the way because you are sticking to the courage of your conviction. You are showing that you are fearless, an admirable trait to many.

so, how do you live with integrity

To answer this question, you have to take some time and review actions that have a negative impact on society. There are lots of them, so let’s take a look at some. Predominantly actions that make many people cringe, carp, belly ache, grumble, gripe, makes your blood boil and hair stand on end and overall leave a sour taste in your mouth.

  1. manipulation – it’s not nice to feel manipulated and used
  2. guilt – when you use this as a tool to get what you want it always hurts the person it is delivered to
  3. pressure – especially to those with vulnerabilities, such as the elderly, sick or impoverished
  4. theft – stealing other people’s ideas or things
  5. dishonesty – telling something that just isn’t true
  6. deception – false promises, playing on a persons desires
  7. harassment – making any unwanted and overbearing attacks is never becoming
  8. recklessness – putting yourself and therefore others in danger is a risk that most people wish to avoid

This list can get pretty long. In fact it is never ending and the more you add or should I say erase from it, the stronger your integrity becomes. Acts that compromise your integrity are generally actions that:

  • cause harm
  • are self centered – focus on greed and personal gain
  • apply false logic
  • are an act of ignorance
  • lack consideration

consider how you can benefit society

Now that you have an idea of what may harm people and planet, you need to consider what will benefit society as a whole and the people you directly interact with.

Ready?

Here’s the kicker.

To have integrity, it doesn’t take much. It’s really easy. It’s about living by a basic code. To do that you need to practice certain principles. That boil down to variations on a handful of key traits. They are all interconnected – honesty, responsibility, tolerance, fairness, kindness, respect and community.

Without one, you wouldn’t have the others. Sure there are tons of sub topics and virtues but they all lead back to these core values.

Next time you think about do something, ask if it meets the criteria for each of the above virtues. You might slip up every once in a while. We are all fallible.  If it fails, give it a rethink. Eventually, you will find the answer of what the right thing to do is. And that, my friend is how you integrate integrity into your life.

      • The million dollar question “How do you blog with integrity?”.
        The last article spoke about integrityand virtuebut there wasn’t enough time to talk about it’s correlation with blogging. Each of us has a different set of core values. They overlap with anyone they interact with. So how is it possible to blog with integrityand satisfy everyone?

    it’s impossible

      • You have to choose what your mission and beliefs are and try to follow that road. It may lead you to new thoughts, beliefs and values as you wind down your pathway. But sticking with the current plan keeps you true to yourself and that should be the first person you answer to.
        Ethical practice and integrity is rooted in false belief and logic. It’s based on the principles that you hold dear to your heart. You will lose some of your audience and that’s okay.
        But…you will gain a more loyal and captive audience along the way because you are sticking to the courage of your conviction. You are showing that you are fearless, an admirable trait to many.

    so, how do you blog with integrity?

          • price manipulation – lack of price, dumping, elite pricing

          • bait & switch sales – attracting customers then switching to a higher priced alternative

          • high pressure sales – especially to those with vulnerability, such as the elderly, sick or impoverished

          • theft – stealing other people’s ideas, copyrights, non-attribution, regurgitation of info, etc.

          • misleading – such as making a product appear green

          • deceptive advertising – false promises, playing on a persons desires

          • harassment – one of the big ones is spam, but unwanted and excessive contact is getting out of hand

          • unsafe products – banned in certain countries, side effects, dangerous,

          • planned obsolescence – creating a product that will be replaced just so the consumer will purchase again

          • excessive waste – not just in packaging, but in the consumers time and effort to receive and use the product or service

          • cause harm

          • are self centered – focus on greed and personal gain

          • apply false logic

          • are an act of ignorance

          • lack consideration

      To answer this question, you have to take some time andreview actions that have a negative impact on society.
      There are lots of them, so let’s take a look at some predominantly web actions that make many people cringe, carp, belly ache, grumble, gripe, makes your blood boil and hair stand on end.

      This list can get pretty long with topics such as monopolies, addictive behaviour, child labour, exploitation & countless humanitarian issues. It certainly deserves another post at a later date. Unethical acts are generally actions that:

      Now that you have an idea of what may harm people and planet, you need to consider what will benefit society as a whole and the people you directly interact with.
      Ready? Here’s the kicker.
      To have integrity doesn’t take much. It’s really easy. It’s about living by a basic code. To do that you need to practice certain principles. That boil down to variations on a handful of key traits. They are all interconnected.
      HONESTY, RESPONSIBILITY, TOLERANCE, FAIRNESS, KINDNESS, RESPECT and COMMUNITY.
      Without one, you wouldn’t have the others. Sure there are tons of sub topics and virtues but they all lead back to these core values.
      Next time you think about your action, simply ask if it meets the criteria for each of the above virtues. You might slip up every once in a while. We are all fallible.  If it fails, give it a rethink. Eventually, you will find the answer of what the right thing to do is. And that, my friend is integrity.

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