From day to day, people don’t think about how much their integrity affects who they are and what others think of them. The fact is that it’s one of the only things that anyone can gain or maintain without spending money.
What is Integrity, And Why Is It Important?
Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”
The way I see it, having integrity is holding yourself to a standard that is higher than most others would expect. Being that guy that gives a dollar back to a cashier that’s given you too much change, telling the truth no matter how much it crushes your ego, meeting someone that you’ve promised to meet, and being on time too.
I’m not accusing anyone of not having integrity, but as humans, we should be checking ourselves as often as possible to see if we are maintaining our integrity, or letting ourselves slide.
The more reliable, trustworthy, honest and dependable we are, the more others count on us, trust us and look up to us.
Integrity takes a long time to build, but only moments to destroy. Being careful about what you say, what you do and who it affects cannot be overstated because once you’ve built a level of integrity that others around you admire you for, then no one questions you or your intentions.
I heard someone compare a person’s integrity to their credit score and the fact that if one is low, then the other is also probably low (as a general rule of thumb).
It’s Like A Credit Score
Integrity is like a credit score in a way. Where your credit score affects the amount of money you can borrow, your integrity affects the opinion of others about you. The higher your integrity, the more people trust and respect you. In some cases, your integrity directly affects your credit.
Let’s face it. Those monthly payment due dates are your promise to pay the lender back. A person of integrity does everything in their power to meet the promise, even if it means giving up the nice things in life temporarily. A person with integrity will almost always make the payment due before it’s due, and when possible, they will pay more than just the minimum.
If you have a low credit score, take an honest look at your integrity. How high would you rate yourself on a scale of one to 1000?
The lower the number is, the higher the chances are that you need to seriously make changes in your life.