Is it simply walking your talk? Being the change you want to see in the world?

asked 12 Aug '10, 16:50

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edited 12 Aug '10, 17:06

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Barry Allen ♦♦

Integrity for me means being willing to adhere to what I believe is morally right irregardless of the consequences - even if it is not in alignment with what others think.

It is being willing to speak and act in accordance with my Higher Self even when the majority disagrees - living from a place of knowing not from a place of fear.


answered 12 Aug '10, 20:06

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Integrity means being honest, and doing what you say you are going to do.

This seems hard for some people. Governed by what makes them feel good in the moment, they will change their mind on a whim. It is difficult to rely on such people, because you never know if they are going to show up, or come through on their promises. When someone asks them to go to a party, they don't say, "I can't. I already have a commitment." They say, "OK. Sounds like fun."

Integrity goes hand in hand with principle-based leadership. You can always rely on a principled leader acting in accordance with his character. They say, "I will treat my people well." They don't say, "I will treat my people well, unless I don't feel like it," or "I will treat my people well, unless it is inconvenient for me."

The person who acts with integrity from a Law of Attraction Perspective doesn't say, "I will do what makes me feel good." They will say, "I will do what I need to do from a good feeling place." There is a vast difference between the two.

The person who acts according to what makes them feel good in the moment believes that happiness comes from outside things, and will pursue those things in a never-ending quest to find fleeting happiness that is always slightly out of reach.

The person who acts with integrity knows that happiness comes from within, and will cultivate that peace and happiness first, before acting. As a result, their decisions are much more effective.


answered 12 Aug '10, 17:10

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The way I see it is there are two kinds of people from two different tribes. It's easy to tell which tribe someone is from by observing their actions...

The first tribe is the Sayerdoer tribe and consists of people who normally always do what they say.

The other tribe is the Notasayerdoer tribe and consists of people who're fond of saying they'll do things, but normally don't do what they say they will.

The Sayerdoer people understand integrity, while the Notasayerdoer people have no idea what integrity is. I can only assume that's because they've never practiced it.

It's good practice to know which tribe people are from, so you know who you can rely on and trust.


answered 13 Aug '10, 02:30

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eddie, i was once told there are givers and then there are takers

(05 Oct '11, 11:05) fred

Integrity is the automatic result of sensing and knowing that you are a part of the whole universe.  Since the universe is holographic, each part contains the whole. Everything and everyone is really YOU!   When one realizes this, then automatically, one treats others with the respect and consideration that they themselves would want to receive.   This is integrity. Bashar


answered 07 Aug '12, 13:15

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edited 07 Aug '12, 13:39

Integrity is not bend when the weight of the guilt of others and social pressure is on your back, when the world wants to force you to tell a lie when you just know the truth. Integrity is be yourself in a world that constantly wants you to be someone else,for you to adapt and do not follow your own dreams and goals. Integrity is an inner fight between your heart and soul, and you and only you decide who wins.


answered 12 Aug '10, 18:17

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Nicely put and well-said. Thanks for sharing, namaste

(10 Sep '10, 13:24) daniele


adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

In my words: Being wholesome and alive in the highest form closest to how spirit works.


answered 12 Aug '10, 18:40

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Integrity is seeking truth and then acting on it.



answered 06 Sep '10, 15:20

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Monty Riviera

I think most people would they that the formula to integrity is something like this

integrity = honesty + predictability/continuity of one's behavior

And most people would say that honesty and predictability are positive character traits. We like people who behave predictable. We like it when we can "count on" them and their predictable behavior.

People feel uncomfortable when someone tells a lie or when someone changes his behaviors/beliefs/morals constantly.

But why is that?

Because we humans tend to freeze things in time. We say things like "I am like that" or "He/she is like that". "I am" implies that it cannot change. "I am who I am and that will always be that way". "I am a christian/atheists". "I am a mother/father" etc.

Change threatens most of us. This is why it is so hard for many people to change their own behavioral patterns. They want to quit smoking, stop being constantly angry, stop beating themselves up etc. But it's hard because they can't accept that things change in the universe. In fact change is the only constant.

So changing beliefs threatens people.

That's why they demand integrity from others. It gives them a feeling of security and a feeling of "coming home". They don't have to change their beliefs, so the world is alright at that moment.

But wanting to be and demanding that kind of integrity is very limiting. It is doomed to cause constant pain.

Instead I want to suggest a new definition of integrity.

Integrity = Making change the only constant and predictability factor in life.

...also known as constantly changing/adapting behaviors/beliefs/morals... also known as being open-minded... also known as being crazy :).


answered 28 Jun '13, 11:07

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Being a Sensei in Karate and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu I find that integrity is vitally important.

It can be harsh when students in other schools progress through the ranks faster and yours wants to understand why.

But you must stand on your ideals. If you give in as many have and just say that the students of today are not the same as the students we were.

That is not right to do, and I refuse to do it. Granted I lose a lot of students that just want a quick black belt. So my school is not near as big as most that promote every four to six months. I still use the old system every ten months, schools like mine are dying out. Students wanting more for less and getting it out of most schools. Higher and higher ranks but lacking the skills for those ranks.

My white belt was invited to a friend's school unbeknownst to me at the time. He went they were impressed with him. When it came to sparing, the instructor kept putting him against higher and higher ranks. He was beating them all including brown belts.

I explained to him, when you are invited to another's school the honorable thing is to tell me first and get my permission. The second honorable thing is to remember you are representing your school, to be at top performance.

He did do well and so I let him know even though he went without my permission he did good beating all their students even to their brown belts!

I'd rather be a white belt that best other schools brown belts than a brown belt that was best by another schools white belt.

That is because I still teach and promote the old way. That is being true to my students, making them as good at each belt as I had to be.


answered 28 Jun '13, 13:26

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Wade Casaldi


Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 229 helpful votes Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 57 helpful votes The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

HelpfulNot Helpful Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 38 helpful votes Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 34 helpful votes Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

HelpfulNot Helpful 1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 28 helpful votes Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

HelpfulNot Helpful Colossians 3:23 ESV / 21 helpful votes Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

HelpfulNot Helpful Luke 16:10 ESV / 20 helpful votes “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

HelpfulNot Helpful Proverbs 20:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

HelpfulNot Helpful 1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 17 helpful votes Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

HelpfulNot Helpful Titus 2:1-14 ESV / 16 helpful votes But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ...

HelpfulNot Helpful Proverbs 21:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

HelpfulNot Helpful Titus 1:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,

HelpfulNot Helpful Hebrews 13:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

HelpfulNot Helpful Romans 9:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—

HelpfulNot Helpful Isaiah 26:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.

Titus 1:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

HelpfulNot Helpful 2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

HelpfulNot Helpful Luke 6:31 ESV / 9 helpful votes And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

HelpfulNot Helpful Philippians 4:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Psalm 24:3-5 ESV / 7 helpful votes Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.

Acts 8:18-23 ESV / 6 helpful votes Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. ...

Zechariah 7:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,

Romans 14:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

Isaiah 56:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Proverbs 28:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 22:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Proverbs 21:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Proverbs 11:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

Proverbs 1:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

2 Corinthians 7:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.

integrity for me is being in accord with all of me standing in the truth and having nothing to be accuse. because i did no wrong in action mind and hearth.


answered 05 Oct '11, 01:37

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white tiger

edited 05 Oct '11, 02:07

integrity of character usually shows an absence of self-centeredness


answered 05 Oct '11, 11:12

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