Integrity. Following through on your word, standing by your principles, doing what you say you will and nothing less, all of your words, feelings, thoughts, and actions in perfect alignment.
Integrity, something all should strive for but very few actually achieve.
Let’s get into it . . .
The definition of integrity is as follows:
- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness
- the state of being whole and undivided
Alright, now that we know what integrity is, let’s get philosophical. The central idea behind integrity is for one to become fully aware of themselves and how their actions affect not only themselves but everything they interact with.
A lack of awareness causes a lack on integrity, and a lack of integrity leads to hypocrisy which leads to people not only deceiving themselves but others as well. Integrity is something more than just a concept, a word or quality that enhances reputation or sense of character. It is more than a persona to attain for personal gain and adoration from others, it is a way of life. It is a mindset; in fact, integrity starts with your mind, for if your mind is divided, so will your feelings, words and actions.
The idea of achieving integrity of mind is through discipline which means the ability to resist and create conditions conducive to forward progression. Not a dictionary definition but one that works in this context and many others.
Integrity is achieved through discipline because all mental and physical faculties are being pointed toward one common goal. All faculties are focused on achieving a task which, if held long enough, leads to being in the zone. You know what the zone is, that state of hyper focus where nothing exists before you but the task at hand. That is an example of being at full integrity. Your attention is on one thing and one thing only.
Maintaining integrity in life is predicated on a full awareness of yourself meaning a full awareness of your identity and your perception of yourself. Understand that achieving this full awareness is a difficult task. Although it may feel like you’re aware, you’re really not. Because if you were 1) you wouldn’t need to read this segment and 2) no one would ever be able to “talk you into”, “drag you”, “trick you”, “use or manipulate you” into doing something you don’t want to do. Attaining a full awareness of yourself and how your actions affect everything you interact with is the crucial key to maintaining integrity, as it will become effortless with awareness.
Let me tell you he honest truth: 99% of people never achieve full awareness of themselves. However, you don’t need to in order to be successful in this world. You simply need to learn the rules of the game and how to win.
However, if you decide to strive for full awareness of yourself, you would transcend the game as a whole and truly be able to live life on your terms as with awareness comes increased consciousness. Now, I’m not spiritual or anything but awareness is a spiritual aspect and is a part of spirituality.
So, what can you take from all this? First, awareness means not acting on autopilot, not going through the motions, actually thinking about things as your doing them instead of your mind being in a million other places.
Second, you don’t have to become Osho or The Buddha or Jesus Christ to achieve integrity. Just acknowledge when you’e wrong, correct yourself and strive to be a better person every day.
Third, nothing at all. I’m just a blogger here to make you think. And, as Socrates said, “the wisest man is the man who knows he knows nothing”.
Or something to that effect (I know, I have to get over my beef with research).
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .