Integrity

Kelly Wynns

INTEGRITY

Integrity in the dictionary is:  the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

What does integrity really mean?

Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.

 

Here Are 6 Behaviors Of Integrity:

1. Taking responsibility for their actions

Integrity is all about having a high level of honesty. When someone takes responsibility for their actions, you know that they are an honest person. It is not always easy to take responsibility for things that happen, but it is the right thing to do. People with integrity choose to do the right thing, even when it is hard.

 

2. Putting others’ needs above their own

In a world that is so focused on individualism, it can be rare to find someone who focuses on what is good for the collective community. People who put the needs of others above their own needs or desires show true integrity. Of course, they do not do this simply to get praise and recognition. Someone with true integrity is only interested in doing the right thing.

 

3. Choosing honesty in all things

Little white lies can be tempting, but someone with true integrity does not give in to this impulse. Integrity means being honest, and someone with true integrity will live this quality every day. You can always trust these kinds of people to give you their honest opinion, and it will be a point of view that you can value.

 

4. Showing respect to everyone

Respect is often considered something that must be earned, but someone with integrity gives respect to everyone they meet. Someone with true integrity knows that everyone deserves respect and deserves to be treated like a human being.

 

5. Manifesting humility

A person with integrity will be proud of their accomplishments, but they will at the same time be humble. In other words, they know the difference between confidence and arrogance. A person with true integrity will know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. They recognize their strong points, yet they are always striving to better themselves in some way.

 

6. Being able to admit they’re wrong

Who likes to admit they have been wrong? It is not fun, and it can be a humbling experience. But a person with true integrity has no problem admitting when they are wrong, or when they made a mistake. You will find they are always the first to stop, admit their mistakes, and apologize if need be.

 

Integrity is a trait that everyone should strive for. These traits and behaviors will help anyone move towards becoming a person with true integrity. Of course, people with true integrity do these things because it is the right thing – not to be praised for their integrity! That is part of the beauty of someone who lives a life of integrity.

 

So, you are probably wondering why I am putting something out about integrity.  Today, June 22, was the first day that we added dryland to our swim workout.  Even though I was on the deck coaching and watching the kids in the pool, I was also coaching and watching the kids doing dryland in the park, from the pool deck.  There were quite a few kids that did everything that was written on the papers for dryland and did all the running.  BUT, there were quite a few that would check to see if I was watching and then either skip corners, lay on the ground instead of doing sit ups, walk when they were supposed to be running, or give little to no effort in what they were supposed to be doing.  Was dryland hard??  Yes, but it was not so hard that they could not do it.  It is a circuit that I have done many times, and I am old.  The more effort you put in, the better off you are in the long run.  Is working out hard??  Of course, it is, or you gain no benefit from doing it. 

 

My final thoughts come from Oprah Winfrey:

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Even when swimmers think that I am not watching, I AM.  It’s the beauty of mirrored sunglasses.