Written by Coach Cory
Integrity is doing what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it. Do you have integrity? I think most people do, but who for?
How many of us have said “the diet starts Monday,” or “2012 is going to be my year” ? How many times have you made a commitment to yourself and you didn’t follow through? That is the kind of integrity I am talking about. I am confident that you have integrity when it comes to other people, if you tell someone you are going to do something then you do it. But ask yourself, do you have integrity for yourself? When it comes to making a commitment to yourself you are committing to the only person that has a direct effect on your well-being, your health, and your long-term happiness. If you had integrity for yourself and you said the diet starts in 2012 then where would you be today?
There are a lot of variables in terms of achieving goals, but it doesn’t matter because integrity has no gray area. Integrity knows you either did it or you did not. It doesn’t know exceptions. One of the biggest mistakes we make is making a commitment that ends up being multiple commitments. For example: I am going to cut back on sugar, I am going to stop eating processed foods, I am going to drink a gallon of water, I am going to portion my food, I am going to work out every day, etc.…instead of starting with a single commitment. We try to take this huge leap, when instead; if we would have started with a single commitment that we can actually keep we are much more likely to set the foundation for current success and future success.
When we get this concept of integrity for yourself, then lifelong change can begin. Integrity is the building blocks for dignity. No matter what your goals are (to hike a 14er, lose 100 lbs., compete in a 5k, etc..) when you have integrity for yourself you can accomplish them and be happy and truly love yourself and the person you are.
How do we get there? We start with one promise at a time. Start with drinking an extra quart of water every day. After this has become a HABIT add in an additional promise such as, getting an additional 10 minutes of physical activity each day. Next, cut your sugar intake to less than 50 grams a day. Continue building from the successes of your beginning promises and keep the positive momentum going. Take on one promise at a time and then build from there. Commit to doing what you say and doing it when you say you are going to do it, especially the commitments you have made to yourself.
Integrity doesn’t know the difference between a silent promise and a loud promise. Commitment is commitment, integrity is integrity. It doesn’t know the gray area, it is very black and white. Although integrity can be a double-edged sword…what happens when we break our commitment? When we make a promise and we break that promise, it does more damage than making the promise in the first place. So in order to avoid that potential damage, we don’t make promises or are afraid to commitment to anything. I challenge you to be different, to commit now, be bold, and take control of your happiness. Show integrity for YOU.
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