Vital Habit #4

Integrity

Maintaining a reputation for integrity provides strength in two ways.  First of all, even though dishonesty can win big in the short run it tends to backfire in the long run.  Sooner or later you will get a bad reputation and it will be difficult to get other people to cooperate with you.  A person with a reputation for honesty will see doors open that no one else will.  Everyone wants a person like this on his or her team.  But, more importantly, integrity is itís own reward.  It increases your own sense of self worth.  It makes you like yourself.  It frees you from guilt.  It permits you to sleep peacefully at night.

The very times when the temptations to lie are the greatest are also the biggest opportunities to develop a reputation for integrity.  The pain you feel from admitting a painful truth is the price required to win the deepest trust and respect in other people, and a greater sense of self-esteem in yourself.

 

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