Integrity Report
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Don in life

My friend Robbi recommended that I check out the cast recording of Hamilton, and it's playing as I type this.  So I may get a bit distracted as I write this because I am really enjoying it and jamming out to it!  But that's not the point.

Somehow - I don't know how - I ended up subscribing to a newsletter by James Clear.  And I like it.  Not every one moves me spiritually, but more often than not, I get something to think about, which I appreciate.  In one of them, he referred to an annual integrity report that he's done for two years now.  Here is the one for 2015.  go check it out - it's pretty amazing.

It's made me think about starting something like this for myself.  Maybe I wouldn't share it with the world like he does, but even if i just do it for myself.  And - well - I don't even know where to start.  He asks himself three main questions:


  1. What are the core values that drive my life and work?
  2. How am I living and working with integrity right now?
  3. How can I set a higher standard in the future?

What I like is that the questions look at what he believes, but also how he is living those beliefs.  I'm sure I can tell you all sorts of things that I believe in, principles that matter to me...but do my actions actually reflect those things at all?

And I guess the place to start is with #1 - identifying the core values that drive my life and work.  Or maybe I'll just focus on my life and leave work out of it for now.  What are those core values?  Sleeping in on weekends?  Taking naps?  Earning a paycheck and paying bills?  Clearly not.  But it's certainly not a question that I can answer as easily as I'd like to be able to.

Does anyone else have this figured out for themselves?


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