Want to join me in being an integrity fanatic? Over the next two weeks, we’ll talk about what integrity fanatics do – and how they practice hard call courage.
Since integrity is doing what you say you will do, (Kouzes and Posner), figuring out what’s most important to you so you can align your words and actions is key. It involves some deep soul searching to determine what values are most important to you. Start by listing your top five values – then prioritize the list, so you know which of those values rises to the top. Then write a brief description of what those values look like in action. One of my core values is faith – and here’s what that means to me:
I will put God first in my heart and life. This is evident when I spend time in rest, quiet, in prayer, and when I love others, demonstrating respect and compassion to all.
I look at this statement – in a frame on my desk -every week and ask myself – How did I do? This and the other values vision statements are my “true north” compass points. Then I can practice True Grit – indomitable resolution to do what’s right.
What are your true north compass points?
P.S. You can go to http://nancyreece.com/books.html to download a free copy of the first chapter of The Dichotomy of Power. It includes an exercise to help you determine your top five core values.