It's easy to do the right thing when people are watching. We don't want to be judged or for people to think less of us.
But that's not the important part. Anyone can do the right thing when people are around. The true question is...who are you, and how do you act, when the world's not looking?
Do you cut corners? Do you take the "easy" route? Do you throw your trash on the ground? Do you return extra money when you've gotten too much in return? Do you practice your values, even when you're by yourself?
Doing the right thing, having integrity, especially when nobody is around, can be incredibly difficult. It means always choosing the right path, the right choice. It means potentially taking longer than other people to get something done. It means holding yourself to a higher standard. And that, my friends, can be one of the hardest things to do.
This holds true in every aspect of life. From personal relationships to business deals to work outs! Yep, even in workouts! Perfect example - when I am working out, if I miss the wall in a wall ball or I don't hit my toes to the bar in a toes to bar, I no rep myself. It sucks and it means I have to do an extra rep. But knowing that the rep wouldn't count in a competition and knowing that the only person it hurts is me, I hold myself accountable and do another rep. Yep, even when I'm working out by myself!
The easy answer here is to be exactly who you say you are, even when nobody is looking. Do the right thing, always. Even when it's difficult.
And yes, I know...this is so much easier said than done. Take baby steps to get where you want to be.
This is an easy one, but I see people doing it all the time. Throwing their trash out the car window or on the ground. I was sitting outside a Starbucks a couple days ago and watched a guy walk out to his car and throw his receipt and straw trash on the ground. Then he got in his car and drove away. I mean...seriously?! I have a trash bag in my car. And he literally just walked out of Starbucks, where I know are quite a few trash cans. That is legit one of the easiest ones to do. Hold yourself accountable, people!
What about in relationships, business or otherwise? Are you open, honest, and up front with people, even when it isn't easy? I know I have struggled with this. Not in my business, but in personal relationships. And as I've gotten older (and hopefully more mature), I've realized it makes things so much easier when I am open and honest. It isn't always easy and I am often terrified to do so, but it always feels so much better when things are out in the open. And my relationships are much better too!
I have another example for you, related to the business world. I placed an order for a friend a few weeks ago for some skincare and lash amazingness. The billing address I had for her wasn't correct, so it kept denying the order. I finally got the right address and was able to place it, no problem, and didn't think anything else of it.
A few days later, I received notification from my front office that I had a package to pick up. When I get up there, there were four packages. I was expecting only one, so was shocked to see FOUR! Upon getting home and opening them, I realized they were four of the SAME order for my one friend. FOUR! I was shocked!
It was later in the day, so I wasn't able to call customer service until a couple days later. However, I called and told them what happened. I fully expected to return the three extra orders and simply wanted to know the easiest way to do it. I also wanted to check to ensure my friend wasn't charged four times! Imagine my surprise when my company let me keep ALL FOUR ORDERS!!!! Yep, you read that right! They said it was their mistake, so I was able to keep all of the orders. Talk about being shocked!!
It wasn't the easy route...calling in to customer service. I could've just kept all four orders and never thought anything of it. But I didn't feel right doing that. I wouldn't have felt right doing that. So I called. And it worked out in my favor.
That's what integrity and honesty is about. It ends up working in your favor, even if you don't think it will.
So ask yourself...who are you when the world's not looking? Do you practice what you preach? If you aren't where you want to be, today is a great day to start! Take those baby steps...and it will get easier with time and practice.
Have a beautiful week! And if you need help holding yourself accountable, I'm here to help! Message me :) Let's get you on the right path!
With love and wellness,