The mind is very sneaky. It’s masterful at coming up with excuses. It’s an expert magician capable of making our greatest defects miraculously disappear, hiding them in plain sight.
The mind likes things as they are (even if it’s not happy with things as they are) and has sophisticated programming to ensure that they stay as they are. This programming, unfortunately, blocks us from our personal development and spiritual growth.
To circumvent the mind’s programming, we need only ask ourselves a simple question: “Where am I being dishonest with myself?” To give this process more focus, you may ask this question in the context of each area of your life.
For example, you can look at your finances. Signs of a lack of integrity with your finances include spending more than you earn, running up credit card debt, and not saving effectively for the future.
A lack of integrity with one’s relationships can manifest in not telling the truth (not “being real” with your friends or loved ones), playing games, or avoiding confrontation or difficult issues that are slowly draining your energy.
Looking at your business, are there areas where you don’t honor your word or agreement? Are there areas of your business where you know you’re cutting corners?
It can often be difficult to notice when our integrity is out of check. Again, the mind is sneaky; inner honesty is required. Do you, for example, have a project or a creative endeavor you’ve always wanted to do but have always found an equally justifiable excuse not to do it? When you identify your excuses and lack of commitment in a given department, it’s time for an integrity check.
Taking personal inventory of the various areas of your life can be an enlightening process. When you consciously own the places where you’re misaligned, you instantly put yourself on the road to higher integrity. Safe travels.