It’s not easy to stay aligned to your priorities. You start the day out right with a list of your top 3 to 5 priorities, you might even schedule them i nto your calendar, and then WHAM- something comes up you didn’t plan for, or a great opportunity comes in via email, or SQUIRREL… you’re distracted by a text, an email, a phone call, a thought, a person, an ad or any number of things that flood our attention span.
Last month’s webinar and blog theme were all about the first element in GRIT® - Truth. Knowing and accepting ourselves is the foundation to alignment. We have to first know what’s important to us. Integrity is the second element of GRIT® and it’s all about aligning to your truth.
Aligning to your truth is basically walking your talk.
The most successful people are diligent with integrity, because they know it affects their reputation, their relationships, their health, their finances - pretty much their whole lives.
Let’s take a look at what the most successful people know about integrity and aligning to their truth.
Make choices that keep us whole. The most successful people stay mindful of their truth so they know what choices to make. They say yes to what aligns to their priorities and passions, and they say no to what doesn’t align. They work with their strengths, work on important skills that need building, and delegate tasks that don’t make sense for them to be doing.
Set goals that don’t compete with priorities. Successful leaders look at the big picture and consider all areas of their life. When setting a goal for their career or their personal life, for example, they don’t make that in a silo. They think about their family, their job, their finances, their health and any other area they’ve identified as a priority or passion. This ensures they remain balanced and productive, not burning out or causing relationship and reputation problems.
It’s not about being perfect. The most successful leaders understand you do your best, but you know there will be times you are not in integrity. We all make mistakes. This can be the best learning opportunity we have. They don’t hesitate and over analyze - they get right to it, because they know what’s important and it brings clarity and focus.
When you stay aligned with your priorities, you are living in integrity. This creates trust. Other people will believe in what you say. They will rely on you. They’ll not question or hesitate when you ask them to do something. They’ll feel that you have their back.
What are some of your best practices for staying aligned? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll share them in our next webinar on How to Build Trust with Integrity in the Workplace - GRIT® Series Part 2 on Wednesday, May 2 at 2pm.