We can talk a lot about personal and professional integrity. Intrinsically and philosophically, it is absolutely a subject worthy of immense attention. I do not want to minimize those deep aspects of integrity in any manner. Nevertheless, on a slightly more practical note, did you ever ponder all the people and situations that are the beneficiaries of your personal and professional integrity? I am sure that many can add to this list, but here is a very short list of the priceless benefits of your integrity:

Your Word. Practicing integrity means that when you give a person your word on anything, that person walks away fully confident that you will follow through with your commitment. That person has a positive experience fundamentally based in your personhood.

Your Mental Clarity. Consistently acting with integrity means that you don’t have to spend mental energy incessantly manipulating and covering up your lies and misrepresentations. You think more smoothly and clearly because your ducks are already in a row.

Your Mission Clarity. Integrity means that you remain completely committed to your personal and professional missions. All your decisions and judgment calls are consistently passed through the filter of how will this advance the mission? You execute your missions more smoothly and clearly.

Your Business. Integrity breaches are like dumping garbage in a river. It poisons everything and everyone downstream. People don’t want to drink that water. Your integrity steadfastness ensures that your customers and your community know that your business is upstanding and reliable. Integrity produces the currency of reputation.

Your Loved Ones. In most cases of domestic and relationship turmoil, integrity failures were involved. Practicing integrity brings untold happiness to your family and loved ones.

The Sleep Test. Practicing integrity means that you can sleep at night. Peaceful sleep is a natural byproduct when you have nothing weighing on your conscience.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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