You feel the pressure. You overhear conversations of adjusting numbers just slightly to meet the quota or find out that the big close was done through a not-so-ethical way. Sometimes you feel as though you are the only one operating with integrity these days.
Integrity doesn’t always come easy to us. Because it’s not. Especially in today’s fast-paced world, we feel the pressure to perform in ways that feel unattainable.
But integrity is more than just doing the right thing. When we practice our work with integrity, it honors God. When we choose God over the gaining success through a compromising decision, we are showing that we trust God is in control and is the leader of our life
But how do we actually do this? How do we keep our integrity at work when everyone around us is compromising and acting and succeeding without integrity?
- Maintain deep intimacy with God. We must abide with the Lord daily to have any basis for right decision-making. Make time to align with Him first and ask for clarity and spots to watch out for where your integrity may be at risk in the day ahead.
- Define and consistently revisit your values. Know what your “non-negotiables” are and write them down in a visible place in your office to remind you when potentially compromising situations might arise.
- Be prepared to take a stand. Your work should benefit your company, but you have to be prepared to chose God if and when there is a conflict of values.
However, as much as we may strive to not make mistakes in our work — mistakes will happen in life, as we are all human. As Ross Cully, Co-Founder and CEO, The Harvest Group, mentioned in our Monday video, another important aspect of integrity is when we do make mistakes, we have the opportunity to own up to it, ask for forgiveness, and take responsibility for our actions.
Today, ask God to help you define your non-negotiables, and where you may feel temptation to break them. If you do find yourself in a moment where you have compromised in area you said you wouldn’t, ask God for forgiveness and reflect God through owning your mistake and taking initiative to continue with integrity in each decision moving forward.
Make your work matter,
The Workmatters Team