integrityIn business as well as in personal matters, people strive to be perceived as having good character and integrity.

A person’s character and integrity are defined by their willingness to do the right thing when no one is looking.

Think about that for a moment…

It is easy to do the right thing when you are in the spotlight – when you have an audience.

But it takes courage and great strength of character to do the right thing when no one is looking…

… or when everyone around you is doing the wrong thing.

… or when popular opinion goes against what you know in your heart to be right.

I was talking to my younger daughter the other day about peer pressure.

She just graduated from high school and she has her immediate future planned.  She has never been tempted by peer pressure before.  She’s a level-headed young woman and her default response in most areas where teenagers struggle are fantastic.

But all of a sudden, she feels like she won’t “fit in” if she doesn’t “go along” with the crowd.

I told her that it takes courage to follow your gut when your heart is pulling you in a different direction – to trust her instincts and her character.

You see, even when you have the best conditioning in the world, being “bad” feels good NOW…

Being “good” feels good LATER.

So, every moment of every day is a battle between what you want NOW versus what you want MOST.

People tell me that I’m lucky because I enjoy exercising.  I laugh and tell them that nothing could be father from the truth!

I HATE it!  I hate lifting weights and working cardio intervals…

But, I sure do CRAVE how I feel when the workout is over.

What I want NOW vs. what I want MOST.

There are so many examples in the news today of people falling prey to bad decision making – people compromising their character and their integrity for what feels good in the moment.

Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most…


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