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Keeping Your Integrity

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

Keeping your integrity is one of the greatest things you can do in this life.  A good reputation of honesty and straightforwardness is an awesome thing to be able to give to your family now and years from now.

Why is it important?  If you’re in business, would you rather do business with someone who has integrity, or with somebody who is dishonest?  Or, if you’ve already done business with a dishonest person, how many times do you think you’ll go back to them again in the future? 

If you research successful people (truly successful, not just in a worldly sense), you will find that most of them fight to keep their integrity intact.  They understand that the long-term, positive impact they want to have on the world involves them keeping their noses clean and doing the right thing, even though it may be hard.  Regularly, they do a self-check or have an accountability partner that keeps them on the right path.  Also, the internal compass they have keeps them out of trouble.

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With the world tugging and pulling at us to stretch the truth, lie, steal, or cheat, it could be very easy to just slide through the years with little moral conviction.  Eventually, though, it would catch up with us and force us to pay more than we wanted to. 

If you’ve made it this far in life and still have your integrity intact, that’s phenomenal!  However, if you’ve done some things or things have happened that have tarnished your reputation, don’t give up.  There is still hope.  Do what you need to do to make amends or restitution.  Do what it takes to restore your name to the “good name” status.  You’ll be glad you did.  You can’t really put a price tag on having and keeping a good’s priceless.  So, bringing one back from the depths of despair is well worth it.

Once you have your name back in the clear, keep it there.  Do so by doing one or more of the following: show compassion to others; be accountable to someone else; make a personal mission statement; and/or stay dedicated to your core values.  

Most people you know want to help you.  (If you find out that’s not the case, then it’s probably time to make new friends.)  Ask one of them to help keep you accountable, then tell them what you’re struggling with. 

When things tempt you, rewire your mind to walk away.  Keep a buffer (mental, spiritual, or physical buffer) between you and bad situations.  Tell yourself that you don’t need the thing you were tempted with, and then replace the old habit with something better!

Your name is one of the first things that you were given when you entered this world.  Likewise, it will be one of the last things you still have when you exit it.  So, may it be one that reminds people of integrity and goodness when they hear it.  

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