As we start 2018, it’s a great time to reflect on our triumphs and failures of 2017. In everything there is a lesson to be learned that makes us wiser for the journey ahead. My own path in 2017 came with both highs and lows which made me take a serious look at my strengths and weaknesses. In 2018, I resolve to be better not just in word, but in deed. Last August, I had the privilege of attending the Landmark Forum. Landmark is an educational company that focuses on transformational learning. What stands out for me from the Landmark Forum and the seminar series I attended was a new definition of the word Integrity. If you look up the definition of Integrity, you will often see it defined as “Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, honesty.” Through Landmark, I learned that Integrity also means honoring your word.
It may seem like an inappropriate definition, but the impact of honoring your word will change your life. Honoring your word to others like fulfilling on a commitment to do something, showing up on time and being in relationship with your word so that your utterances are more than empty promises, but commitments you arrange your schedule and resources around meeting. It’s also keeping the promises you make to yourself–those unspoken words only conceived in your heart. Remember when you told yourself you’d workout three times a week, save more money, really listen when others are talking or show up on time. The list is endless. What would your life be like if you honored your word to others and yourself. You would move out of the realm of “someday” to today! Honoring your word requires you examine the state of your life. You realize you say things and make promises you never intend or realistically don’t have the bandwidth to make happen. You begin to be a lot more careful with your words. The impact is felt in your life and in the lives of those around you. What would your life look like if you kept the promises you made to yourself and others? How would your finances, health and overall quality of your life improve? How would your relationships with family and friends change when they trust you will do what you say you will do!
That’s my goal for 2018–demonstrating integrity in all areas of my life. It will definitely be an adjustment, but I want a relationship with the words I speak to myself and others. It’s from that place of integrity my life will change for the better. Join me in this journey for 2018. You won’t be disappointed!