The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Proverbs 11: 3 (NIV)
Integrity is like the foundation of a great building. There is a lot of time and effort to ensure that everything is done correctly, otherwise, the building will collapse. Without real integrity in a person’s life, he will never have a truly successful life. Below are therefore some stages you can build on, for a great foundation of integrity.
- Learn to be consistent about the things that you do: You can be excited about one thing one day and then be cold the next. You will never truly achieve your dreams and your goals. So, develop a plan and then work your plan each day. Be careful about distractions that can take you away from what you want to achieve. Be repetitive about what you are doing. Keep doing things that you know will produce good results. Keep narrowing your interest and be focused. Be consistent.
- Don’t be negative: Be positive. Every day you are bombarded with negative and positive information. The key is to input positive information into your life all the time. Whatever you are feeding into your mind is the thing that is going to determine what’s going to win. Be careful what you listen to on the radio, what you watch on the television, and what you read in the newspapers and magazines. So much of it is so negative. You cannot afford the luxury. Walk away from negative conversations; don’t participate in them. If you can, swing them from negative to positive. Whatever you feed into your mind, make sure it’s positive.
- Develop effective work habits: Working smart is doing the right thing at the right time. Always ask yourself, “What is the best use of my time at this moment?” So many people are running here, there and everywhere without being effective. We can be active, we can be doing many things, but we’ve got to develop effective work habits. Work at being as efficient as you possibly can with everything that you do.
- Surround yourself with quality people: John Maxwell sees, “you can only rise as high in life as those people who are closest to you.” So many people want to confront you or criticise you; you want people who will constructively help you. You want people to stretch you. Gordon Moyes emphasises that it is not being smart, but it is employing people that are smarter than you are that will give you real
- Overcome the fear of having a go: What have you got to lose anyway? So many are trying to tiptoe to the grave. You must be willing to fail. Don’t fear other people or their opinions. Don’t just sit there and wonder what you should be doing. Act now, start today, make it happen. Focus on your talents and don’t worry about your weaknesses.
- Stop saying “I can’t” and say, “I can”: if you are to read a novel of your personal story, you may often see yourself as a failure instead of a winner. You need to rewrite the script. You tend to listen to people to find out about yourself. If you want to achieve in life, attack something achievable and finish it. Each victory will help you gain another victory to win.
- Turn your binoculars around: You are looking through the binoculars the wrong way. Tiny little images are all you can see instead of the big picture. Keep your dreams, your visions, and your challenges before you always and keep moving towards them.