I came across this article about integrity this week and thought it would be good to share with you.
Bobby Jones is considered one of history’s greatest golfers. But more than all his victories on the golf course, he’s famous for what happened in the 1925 U.S Open. He inadvertently touched his ball and assessed himself a one-stroke penalty, even though no one else saw him touch the ball.
But he couldn’t violate his conscience. And by assessing himself that penalty he lost the Open by just one stroke. When tournament officials tried to compliment him for his integrity, Jones simply said, ‘You might as well praise me for not breaking into banks. There is only one way to play this game.’
A great man
Bobby Jones played by the rules. Full Stop. And in doing so, he honoured the integrity of the game. One sportswriter wrote, ‘In the opinion of many people, of all the great athletes, Bobby Jones came the closest to what we call a great man.’
Jones could have won the tournament, but he would have lost his integrity. And winning the U.S Open wasn’t worth a one-stroke penalty on his integrity. That’s epic integrity! And that’s something to be celebrated.
Only integrity remains
We live in a culture that celebrates talent more than integrity, but we’ve got it backwards. Talent depreciates over time, so do intellect and appearance. You will eventually lose your strength and looks. You may even lose your mind.
But you don’t have to lose your integrity. Integrity is the only thing that doesn’t depreciate over time. Nothing takes longer to build than a good reputation. And nothing is destroyed more quickly by lack of integrity.
That’s why your integrity must be celebrated and protected above all else.
Plant these seeds and watch them grow
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.
Integrity – Believe it and you will grow!”
You can’t escape what you have done
You may succeed financially but if you compromise your integrity you will experience a feeling of uneasiness and there will be a lack joy and peace in your life. You will be able to hide this most of the time but in those still reflective times you will remember those times where you have compromised, and it will affect your peace and happiness.
This week has been really good, and I have been getting organised with a new CRM system which is proving to be very helpful. I am connecting with clients from a couple of years ago and I am finally tracking my clients properly.
Thoughts for the week.
1. What are your thoughts on integrity?
2. Integrity is the bedrock of a happy fulfilled life
3. When all is said and done it’s how you achieve everything which really counts
4. From this day forward be very aware of the decisions you make and base them on integrity.
5. What you sow is what you reap – so sow well
Well that’s it for this week have a great weekend and stay positive.
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