Undoubtedly, unequivocally, unquestionably my absolute favourite character trait of all time. Integrity.
In every aspect of my life I truly try to live with integrity. I consider integrity to be a character strength that not enough people have. Or maybe not enough people consider and value. Do you do the right thing even when no one is watching?
Integritythe quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
I feel as though integrity is one of the strongest characteristics one can possess. It’s living by being true to yourself and your own beliefs and morals. Being true to yourself is one of the ways we can live without having regrets.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.Mahatma Gandhi
We are all individuals in this world. Every single one of us have a different variety of character traits. Some traits I try to nurture and some I try to suppress (see blog on Toxicity).
I try to encourage my children to also develop their personalities with character traits that they are proud of. Be true to yourself. I frequently ask them: ‘are you proud of your actions?’ I want them to hold themselves accountable and do more of what they are proud of and less of what they’re not. Seeking external approval shouldn’t always be the first port of call.
I am always honest and take a lot of pride in that. I always strive to be diplomatic if having a difficult conversation because it’s not up to me to impose my will and my judgment on others.
Integrity, honesty, respect and pride are my favourite character traits. I consider these to be the essential characteristics that form a secure and stable foundation for you to then build a secure, stable and successful relationship.
Relationships with family. Relationships with friends. Relationships with colleagues. Have the confidence to be unapologetically you. Carry these character traits and you will attract these character traits. Build your support network around you with these people. Your Tribe.