Integrity. Synonymous with words like honesty, honor, ethics, morals, virtue, decency, truthfulness, trustworthiness, and more. The word integrity is a great substitute and combination of all the above. Living with integrity can make for a wonderful life. Without it, the opposite can hold true.
Call it what you like, but living with integrity is important to effective communication and successful relationships with other people. Living by a set of principles and sticking by them is important to displaying integrity. Many of these principles are instilled during childhood. When we turn into adults, we only have the knowledge of things we learned yesteryear. Hopefully what we’ve developed can lead us to live with integrity. If not, and we don’t bother to develop these traits, our relationships can be strained and short-lived.
Let’s talk about some of the synonyms associated with integrity.
Honesty: If the first thing out of your mouth is an excuse or a blatant lie, there’s a lack of integrity. There is straight up dishonesty. Tell the truth. Face the consequences when necessary. Be honest.
Honor: Live with integrity and you will be held in the highest esteem and regards, especially in the eyes of other people. Respect is earned and not given. Earn respect. Live with honor.
Ethics: Ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s behavior. Again, much of this will have been instilled during childhood. Thus, we must hope for good role models or find some real quick. If it’s not working, don’t keep doing it.
Virtue: Virtue is showing high moral standards, similar to ethics. Live virtuously.
Decency: Behave decently. This means displaying behavior that is respectful and moral.
Trustful and trustworthiness: If people don’t trust you, something is wrong. If one person doesn’t trust you, it could be that one person. If it seems as if nobody trusts you, it’s time for a look in the mirror.
You can see that most of the words above are all very closely associated.
They are all closely associated with having integrity.
Display integrity in your relationships. If you talk to your partner, friend, kids, or others about something being a certain way, keep your word. Don’t renegotiate based on your own terms, wants, or needs. It’s frustrating to deal with situations like this. In the closest of relationships (think marriage or close friends), it’s easy to lose rapport this way.
If you make a decision, have a reason for why you did it. Besides just having a reason, try to make it a rational, logical, and well-intentioned reason. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should show some forethought.
Don’t let the first words out of your mouth be lies or excuses. Don’t let it be mumble jumble. It won’t be trusted. It won’t be believed.
This stuff seems pretty basic and simple. Perhaps it is for some, while others never had this instilled or don’t bother to follow it. More doors will open when we live with integrity.