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Do You Have Integrity?

Do You Have Integrity?

“I know that the people closest to me cannot count on me to do the things I say I’m going to do.”

That’s what 10% of people admitted to in a recent survey (link http://www.focused40.com ) we conducted of more than 3000 respondents.

Think about that for a moment… one out of every ten individuals knows that their word is so unreliable that even the people closest to them can’t count on them to simply do the things they say they’re going to do.

It is unfortunately true that more and more there seems to be a disintegrating dedication to the once iron clad principle of integrity. We’ve lost sight of the power and importance of doing the things we say we’re going to do.

While it is most definitely an inconvenience to the rest of us when someone doesn’t follow through on his or her word, the most damaging impact a lack of integrity has is on the character of the person whom it is absent from.

A person without integrity is void of the confidence to actually believe that they can do what they put their mind to. A person without integrity is forced into a life of victimhood constantly seeking the next excuse to justify their shortcoming. A person without integrity is removed from the chance at any relationship with real trust.

If you have no integrity, you have nothing. Because you have no ability to create, you have no chance at dreaming, and you have no hope of enacting change.

Those who struggle with integrity often go back and forth in their mind about why they can’t seem to get it together and where it is that they went wrong. They might even repeat out loud that they know it’s a problem but they’re not sure what to do about it because it’s been that way as long as they remember. But in repeating this litany of sad self-perpetuating stories they miss out on just how simple the change is…

Do what you say you’re going to do.

That’s it. You reverse the entire process by right now and forever more doing what you say you’re going to do. The longer you’ve struggled with following through on your commitments then the more radical and relentless you have to become about doing exactly what you say you’re going to do.

People who have a challenge with following through aren’t missing something in their DNA, they don’t lack anything in their willpower, and they aren’t predestined for failure; they simply have a faulty program in their mind. It’s a program that runs in the background that mistakenly allows them to recalculate whether or not they’re going to do something after they already said they would do it; it’s a virus.

Successful people don’t have that program. Their programming becomes final once they say they are going to take a certain action. After that there is no calculation and no opportunity for doing anything else – the possibility doesn’t even exist.

If you are one of the 10% then don’t waste time making yourself feel guilty because we’ve all had our challenge with this at some point in our life. However you need to immediately delete and permanently eradicate that program that allows you to calculate whether or not you want to do something after you’ve said you would.

Instead you only have one program, and that one program says this:

I do what I say I’m going to do.

Whether I want to or not, doesn’t matter.

Whether I like it or not, doesn’t matter.

Whether I should’ve thought more about it beforehand or not, doesn’t matter.

I do what I say I’m going to do.
Suddenly life gets simpler. Life gets clearer. Change happens faster. And results show up abundantly.

So regardless of who you are, do all of us and yourself a favor…

Do what you say you’re going to do.

Rory Vaden Rory Vaden, MBA is Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, Self-Discipline Strategist and Speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of "Take the Stairs". Find out more at www.roryvaden.com
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