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Path to a Happy Life What is personal integrity? I think many people hear the word integrity and think, “Yeah, I know what that is.” By definition, integrity is the idea of being honest and having strong moral principles. That’s certainly what I thought integrity was all about. But earlier this year, I took a training course called Personal Integrity with my consulting group. This course completely changed the way I think about integrity. We all want to be happy in life. This course covered a lot of different areas and showed how having personal integrity is the foundation of happy living. Strong personal integrity comes with a code of honor that was covered in this course. Here are its 15 principles. 1. Never desert a comrade in need, in danger, or in trouble. 2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted. 3. Never desert a group to which you owe your support. 4. Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
15 STEPS FOR PERSONAL INTEGRITY
The textbook definition of integrity is “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.” This isn’t exactly true. When you live by this code of honor, it’s clear that the true definition of integrity is “knowing what you know and having the courage to say what you know.” Integrity is being able to see things as they are in front of you and being able to make decisions based on what you see. We work with a lot of different people, and we all deal with different trials and tribulations in life. When you understand these different challenges and learn how to navigate themwith integrity, it makes life easier. That’s what the code of honor aims to help us do. Take No. 1 for example, “Never desert a comrade in need, in danger, or in trouble.” What this is saying is when somebody is truly your friend, you won’t leave them out to dry when they really need you. Then there’s No. 14, “Never need praise, approval, or sympathy.” We shouldn’t seek out the opinions of others in order to live a happy life. That’s a sign of low self-esteem. Live for you. It shouldn’t matter if someone says, “You’re doing a good job!” You can enjoy the recognition, but you should already know that you’re doing a good job and be satisfied with that knowledge. The course was really interesting. We hit these key points, and they really expanded the way I think about integrity. Personal integrity comes fromwithin. No one can give us integrity, and we can’t take it from someone else. We can learn integrity by example, but ultimately, we must build our own integrity based on our own code of honor. Integrity holds you true to yourself. That is the only way you can live a happy life.
5. Never need praise, approval, or sympathy. 6. Never compromise with your own reality. 7. Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.
8. Do not give or receive communication unless you deserve it. 9. Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than your immediate life. 10. Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body. 11. Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and youmake your tomorrow. 12. Never fear to hurt another in a just cause. 13. Don’t desire to be liked or admired. 14. Be your own advisor, keep your own counsel, and select your own decisions. 15. Be true to your own goals.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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