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Leading with Integrity: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

I don’t know about anyone else, but I love self-tests; they feed my inquisitive soul. I’m always amazed by what I can learn about myself simply by paying attention to my inner voice. It empowers me to want to be the best person I  can be. Integrity is another word that comes to mind. Empowering yourself to be amazing isn’t as hard to do as one might think. There are questions you may ask yourself that can help you discern if you are operating at your highest degree of integrity or not, namely:                                                                                                                                                       

Which commendable values do I identify with?

What are the values that resonate with my inner voice?

Are they respect, integrity, kindness, honoring your word? Or perhaps believing in justice, including social justice, in protecting the less fortunate in life, compassion or humility are values that are more harmonious for you. The list of commendable values is endless as there are many to choose from.

When you know which core values ring true in your heart, you can then ask yourself if your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors are consistent to what you value.  When you achieve this, you are acting in integrity.

Integrity is an integral part of who we are. Integrity is important because it keeps us aligned with who we think we are and helps us remain accountable to our self.

“Do I operate with integrity?” is another great question to ask yourself.

When we have integrity, it automatically increases our feeling of self-worth, because we like who we are and how we carry ourselves as we share ourselves with others.

To sum it up easily, to know if you are a good person or not, ask yourself the following three questions.

• What three commendable values do I identify with?
• Do my thoughts, beliefs and actions align with the values I identify with on a consistent basis?
• Do I believe in the betterment of society and do I act with an intent that serves interests other than my own?

If you answer yes to all the above questions, you can rest assured; chances are you are a pretty good person.
If you waiver in any of the above questions, you may want to reacquaint yourself with your sense of integrity to ensure you are operating as your best self.
If you said no to two or more questions, you might be unsure about how to identify what it means to be a good person or how to align yourself with your values.
If you have never consciously acquainted yourself with your inner values, or what thoughts, beliefs or behaviors you align with, then you may want to consider making changes so you can be more in step with your integrity. It’s not too late to explore how to do this for yourself. Besides, it may help you feel really good about who you are inside and out.

Empowering yourself through quiet contemplation is a great place to start. Looking within and listening to what our own inner voice tells us about what is important to us, and how to go about being our best self is an inside job, and there is no one more qualified to do it than you.

For more information about empowering yourself and living true to your values, go to

Sandy Glaze is a life coach and author of Ending Global Loneliness; Finding Purpose, Love, and Dynamic Relationships. She is on a mission to end global loneliness, one heart at a time.

#inspiration #empowering #integrity 

October 25, 2016

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