Need Confidence? Get Integrity!

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in·teg·ri·ty  /inˈtegritē/
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
One of the main reasons we have problems remaining confident in ourselves — is because we keep compromising the very things we stand for.  How can we trust ourselves? If we keep stealing from our own confidence.

Even the smallest of activities can add or detract from your self confidence, the same is true for integrity.  In John C. Maxwell’s book, “How to Influence People: Make a Difference in Your World”  he has what is called an integrity contract.  After signing the contract he provides you with a week of activities to do — to be mindful of your integrity, and what activities can add or detract from it.

These activities, though small, will really give you a snapshot on where you currently are on your personal integrity scale.  Continued mindful practice will lead you to a place of confidence.  Confidence that your beliefs, morals line up with you at a fundamental level – your actions!
Do the little things.  Spend the next week carefully monitoring your character habits.  Make a note to yourself each time you do any of the following:
  • Don’t tell the whole truth.
  • Neglect to fulfill a commitment, whether it’s promised or implied.
  • Leave an assignment uncompleted.
  • Talk about something that you might have been expected to keep in confidence.
Do what you should do before you want to do.
Every day this week, find tow items on your to-do list that you should do but that you have been putting off.  Complete those task before doing anything on the list that you enjoy.

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