Living a Life of Integrity

The Gifts of Living a Life of Integrity

 

What does it really mean to be in integrity?

Integrity means way more than simply keeping your word… although doing what you say you’re going to do, is the foundation, it’s the habits you create for your life which really establish your integrity.

In fact, it’s your integrity which binds your habits together… when you habitually do what you said you were going to do AND you do what’s in the best interest of yourself and the people you love, you’ll discover a new and easier way to create the life you want.

True integrity is when what you say, how you feel, what you think, and what you do, are all in alignment.

Thinking or feeling one way and saying or doing something different is an example of being dishonest to yourself, and therefore out of integrity.

Let’s talk about keeping agreements…

Integrity is Keeping your word to yourself (life completing what you start).

Integrity is Keeping your word to others (like being on time).

Integrity binds successful habits together.

Your confidence will rise or fall in direct proportion to how you keep you word.

Integrity is about wholeness and alignment, not just about whether you keep your promises. What you say, how you feel, what you think, and what you do are in alignment; vs saying one thing and meaning something different.

Think of your integrity as a tea cup… Your cup of “integri-tea” starts full as a child. Every time we break our agreements with others and ourselves, the tea cup is cracked. Over time, our integrity level becomes lower and lower, and unfortunately, the cracks cannot be filled by other people. Since they are self-generated, only you can fix them.

The cup gets repaired and rebuilt and refilled by keeping your word, even on the small things. You do what you said you’re going to do even after the feeling about wanting to do it has passed.

It’s never too late to repair your cup!

Growth vs Decay

Growth Vs Decay

 

Growth, Stability, or Decay. These are believed to be the possible stages for all living things.

In reality, there is no such thing as stability. Every living thing is either in a state of growth or decay. Stability is a myth. Consider for a moment a wooden dining table. Before being cut down, milled, assembled, and ultimately eaten on, the wood of the table was a living, thriving, growing tree.

The moment the tree was cut down, it began the early stages of decay. The more the wood was processed, this process of breaking down continued. Over the course of many years, even if the table is well maintained by its owners, it will continue to break down on an atomic level until ultimately – perhaps hundreds of years into the future – it will return to the earth from which it came.

As it is with the wooden dining table, it is with human beings. We are conceived in the womb, we are nurtured as we develop and grow, we go through stages of development throughout our early years… then gradually our biological systems begin to turn towards the aging process.

Even the healthiest person, while perhaps successful at slowing it, cannot stop the aging process. We can buy into a healthy lifestyle, cosmetics, procedures, and so on… And still we age. Our physical bodies can only be in a state of growth or decay.

The good news is human beings are far more than a physical self. All people are also emotional, mental, and spiritual beings. It may help to think of the yourself with 4 sides to a square. All 4 sides of this square can be in either a state of growth or decay, just as the physical self.

Consider a heart monitor… when the dot moves up and down, you will see a jagged line on the screen – that’s your heart beat. The line is not stable, it’s in constant motion – this means you’re alive.

Stability in this metaphor looks like a solid, unmoving line. Flat line. Death. Stability is a myth.

Put a Shark in Your Tank

Comfort Vs Support

 

At PSI, we often use the example of “putting a shark in your tank”…

This is the story of a group of fishermen who discovered an ingenious solution to improve their results, and believe it or not, the idea can directly translate to your life too!

For many years, fishermen struggled to get their catch back to market still alive. All to often, the boats returned to harbor with the fish in their hold already dead. The fisherman attempted many different strategies to get their haul back as fresh as possible… and constantly found their product lacking…

Until one day when one of the fisherman decided to see what would happen if they placed a small shark in the tank with the fish they had caught.

To everyone’s surprise, when the boat arrived at the market, the vast majority of the fish were alive and well, resulting in the finest product available!

What the fishermen learned was that even though they might lose a few fish along the way, their catch was forced to stay active, not comfortable.

In this story, the fish in the tank remain healthy because they’re constantly on the move with a shark on their tail… fish who stayed still in the water died, every time.

How does this translate to your life?

You have a choice to surround yourself with people who will support you in staying comfortable, or in growing.

Often supporting someone to grow means challenging them and at times even seeing them greater than they see themselves!

On a special extended episode of the PSI Podcast, you’ll hear from PSI Facilitator Courtland Warren about Building Your Dream Team and creating an inner circle of support!

Click here to listen now!

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