Some thoughts on integrity, success and happiness…
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
That sounds quite a bit like the definition of integrity, doesn’t it?
“Integrity: 1) An undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting, 2) Moral soundness.” (WordWeb)
It’s interesting that the phrase from Gandhi came up in a search for quotations on happiness, yet it is the very definition of integrity. This seems important to me because it means that consistency of thought AND action are critical to happiness.
For practical purposes, we might say that honesty is being true in what you say, while integrity is being true in what you do; honesty is giving your word, while integrity is keeping it.
Or, as Ayn Rand once said, “Integrity is honesty in action”.
Live with Integrity in All You Do
To attract the type of wealth we talk about here; i.e., money, success, health, and happiness, you must live and work with integrity. Actions must be values-based and consistent with objective truth and honesty. Not only must you be “true to yourself”, you must also be authentic and principled in your actions with others.
You see, Wealth Attraction™ coaching is not just about acquiring money. It’s about building a life that is fulfilling on all levels; a life of probity and virtue, where doing good for all those in your life has as much value as doing good for yourself.
It’s about living a life of simple decency, something that seems to have been lost in contemporary culture.
And yes, this can be done while working to build wealth and financial security for your family.
Integrity in the Marketplace
Improved technologies have made life easier for millions of people, with nothing but a profit motive to drive it. Improvements in manufacturing and farming have led to increased leisure time for workers and growers, usually with increased wealth as the reward for those who develop the new techniques.
This is the beauty and integrity of a free market system; that innovation and creativity are richly rewarded, while the lives of many can be vastly improved. This happens even when the goal of such innovation is completely selfish – when one person, seeking nothing but monetary reward, invents a new tool or a new way to do something that many others struggle with regularly.
The integrity that is inherent in the system guarantees that all are rewarded: the inventor for being creative and the marketplace for realizing the benefit to be gained, and for willing to pay for it.
In business and in life, this is also how integrity leads to success and happiness.
Have you learned how to stay within your integrity to improve your life or career? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!