Integrity is not just about showing up.
Integrity is much more encompassing. It includes our words, our deeds, our actions, and our intentions.
First, we can build trust by showing up consistently.
Then, we can build trust by living up to our words. That’s when people look at our deeds and actions to see if they are in alignment with the things we say.
Sure, it is easy to find people who say one thing and do something else. Many of them get away with it for quite a long time.
Eventually though, the inconsistent nature of their actions is revealed and people stop believing them.
They may never say a word or give any feedback. The lack of integrity turns them away and they feel no compunction to let the person know.
Yet a beautiful thing happens when our words and actions are aligned on a consistent basis.
People start to trust us on a very deep level. That level of trust gives us real influence, and that influence must be treated as the most precious gift.
For it is. It is more precious than gold for that influence allows us to share our work and ourselves to an enthusiastic community.
That community is what will support us for the rest of our days.
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant