Integrity starts from within. If we are to have integrity in every day life, we must first master it within our minds. Each and every day, we wake up and begin the day long process of running thoughts, conversations and questions in our minds. In total, it’s been estimated that we have 65,000 thoughts every day. Have you ever given thought to your thoughts? What do you think about in a given day and are most of your thoughts of a positive nature? Are they meaningful and productive? How much of your thoughts are negative? What thoughts do you act on?

Negative thoughts are often expressed as complaints. People who complain also tend to make their grumblings known to other people who have no part in a positive and productive solution. People complain about their parents to their siblings, about their bosses to their co-workers, about their husbands, wives or significant others to their friends. They even complain about strangers to other strangers. Complaints are common, often in the absence of a solution to the issue or problem that sparked the complaint. But, if negative thoughts and complaints continue with no mediation or solution, they can manifest into self-destructive or aggressive behavior. Addiction, divorce, aggression, job loss, depression, misery; these are consequences of not having the maturity, responsibility and integrity to manage negative thoughts and difficult situations properly and act on a productive solution. I’ve read that if you aren’t living with integrity, then your priorities, goals and values become sacrificed and you begin to attract people that make you feel bad

Interestingly, people with integrity don’t complain much. People with integrity have the maturity to address their issues with the right people. They take responsibility to seek and take action toward solutions to their problems. They do what they say they will do. They have the willingness to create a plan (work and/or personal) and follow it through.

People with integrity are successful because they take control over their negative thoughts and replace them with productive, positive thoughts that manifest into great and powerful actions. If you identify yourself as a complainer, but want to change, you can. It is possible to restore your integrity. Here are 3 useful steps toward living everyday with integrity:

#1: Create a Mission Statement - Start by writing your beliefs and core values down on paper. In your mission statement, include 3 promises that you will make to yourself that are in line with your values.

#2: Identify Your Goals - Follow your mission statement with a goal that you want to achieve in the next month or two.

#3: Take Action – Don’t spend too much time on planning and thinking. After you’ve chosen a goal, jump in and get started on your goal.

Remaining focused on your beliefs, your values, your mission and your goals will help you build integrity in your everyday life.

Michael O’Grady invites you to visit his website for more goal setting tips and information on understanding the psychology of sales and business.

Author's Bio: 

Well known in the services industry for his high-volume tickets, record-breaking, tenacious, self-disciplined, and self-motivated selling and sales training style, Michael O'Grady is an accomplished Sales Manager, Sales Trainer, Business Owner, aspiring Sales Coach, Independent Consultant and Entrepreneur. During his 20-year sales career, he has set and achieved many industryand personal records as well as his personal and professional goals. He is dedicated to inspiring others to do the same.