Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Integrity in the Moment of Choice

Steve Pavlina's posting comes at an opportune moment. I posted yesterday on my running blog about recognizing when you don't have it. You can't dwell on it. You just accept it and get on with it. It is not the end of the world.

Steve elaborates on that point by going into the reasons behind a choice.

This is why clarity is so important — knowing the “why” behind your actions. When you encounter obstacles, you can either press on, or you can find another way to satisfy the same intent. So if your plan was to exercise daily and the “why” was to improve your health and self-discipline, your plan may be thwarted at some point, but your intention need not be.

Integrity in the moment of choice does not mean making excuses upon encountering an obstacle that does not warrant surrender. It means adapting your plan to the situation at hand while still honoring the true spirit of your original intent.

Repeatedly exercising integrity in the moment of choice builds strength of character. Repeatedly failing to do so fosters weakness of character.

Adaptation or refusal to adjust?
Integrity or insanity?
Success or failure?

Your choice.

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