1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
“he is known to be a man of integrity”
synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals,
righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness,
“I never doubted his integrity”
2. the state of being whole and undivided.
“upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
synonyms: unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness, solidarity
“the integrity of the federation”
Having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way. It’s a personality trait that we
admire, since it means a person has a moral compass that doesn’t waver. It literally means
having “wholeness” of character, just as an integer is a “whole number” with no fractions.
Physical objects can display integrity, too — if you’re going over a rickety old bridge that sways
in the wind, you might question its structural integrity.
In a gym setting we often here the word integrity in reference to repetitions, and overall
performance. I often think of it as do you hold yourself to the standards you know you are
capable of. Or when a coach or instructor isn’t looking do you put in the same effort as when
they are. Just last week I witnessed some amazing integrity by a young woman at the gym,
during the open. I watched as her judge counted a repetition and she simply looked at him and
said that didn’t count. She knew it wasn’t the standard and he might have missed it, but she
Lately my mind has been drifting to living with integrity and just what that looks like. Am I the
person I desire to be when no one is around, when I am surrounded by people, when I am
working, or simply just out and about. Does my character reign true and the same in all these
situations? Am I the kind spirited, joyful, honest and giving person I desire to be?
I often look at my past as an example of living with lack of integrity. As many of you know I
struggled with bulimia for 10years. This is a very secretive addiction, in which is often hidden
and lied about, as to portray a life different than you are actually living. The person I was when
no one was around, one struggling with a very unhealthy addiction, was not at all the person I
portrayed when people came around. I was living my life in a dishonest manner which led to
lack of integrity in my life. Although I still believe I was a joyful, giving and kind spirited person, I
lacked the biggest key in integrity- honesty. I was living a lie.
I have overcome my bulimia and am no longer living a lie, my quality of life has increased
Living a life of integrity takes work and when life throws you curve-balls it makes it even tougher.
I challenge you to take a look at your life and the person you desire to be. Is that portrayed
regardless of the environment? When you are all alone, when you are at work, when you are in
a social situation, when you are driving, on your social media…..
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