What: The Integrity Challenge involves doing exactly what you say you’re going to do
How Long: You have the choice to commit to 7 days, 30 days, or 90 days
Time Commitment: This is an ongoing challenge that doesn’t require an additional time commitment outside of just living your life
How much: This challenge is FREE to participate in
What you will get out of it: You will build a deeper sense of trust with people in your life. Other people will trust you more and you will trust yourself more. You will also get more done and achieve more with your life.
When: You can start the challenge whenever you’re ready to trust yourself and have other people trust you.
If people don’t trust you, your life opportunities will be limited.
You’ll struggle to get and keep a job, you definitely won’t be promoted, people won’t lend you things, people won’t bring promising opportunities to you, they won’t ask you for advice, they won’t make plans with you, and a lot of the time, they won’t want to be your friend, and they definitely won’t want to be in a relationship with you.
The easiest and simplest way to build trust with people is to have Integrity. Having Integrity means living your life according to what you say you will do. It’s being a person of your word.
It’s being where you say you’re going to be, when you say you’re going to be there, and doing what you say you’re going to do, every single time, in every facet of your life.
It’s not doing it most of the time of only when you feel like it, it’s being true to your word in every situation, in every moment, regardless of the consequences of not being true to your word.
It’s being reliable and consistent through every part of your life and proving to people that you’re trustworthy.
What do I have to do?
The Integrity Challenge is simple: do everything you say you’re going to do. That’s it. That’s everything.
- If you say you’re going to take out the trash, take it out
- If you say you’re going to cook dinner, cook it
- If you say you’re going to be somewhere at a particular time, be there
- If you say you’re going to pick someone up, be there on time
- If you say you’re going to be in bed at a certain, be there
- If you say you’re going to return someone’s call, return it
Also, if you say you’re not going to do something, then don’t do it.
- If you say you’re not going to leave mess around, don’t leave mess around
- If you say you’re not going to watch TV at dinner time, don’t watch it
- If you say you’re not going to eat junk food, don’t eat it
- If you say you’re not going to play computer games, don’t play them
It’s not rocket surgery; just be true to your word.
How long do I have to do it for?
There are three levels of intensity for this particular challenge, each designed to push the right person out of their comfort zone.
Duration: 7 days
Who’s it for: The beginner level is for anyone who wants to build a deeper sense of trust with other people and with themselves, but struggles to keep their word.
Duration: 30 days
Who’s it for: The intermediate level is for anyone who’s used to sticking to their word when it’s easy, but struggles when times get tough
Duration: 90 days
Who’s it for: The advanced level is for anyone who’s good at keeping their word in most situations and just wants an accountability framework to challenge themselves to be better than they were before they started this challenge.
Is there anything else I should know?
One of the most common reasons that people break their commitments isn’t that they don’t want to be true to their word. It’s because they don’t properly consider what they’re committing to and end up simply not being able to be true to their word.
They commit before they check if they’ve already booked themselves up, without thinking about what will be involved, and without considering how much time it will take. And because they don’t properly consider what’s required to be true to their word, they end up regularly breaking their commitments.
The other most common reason that people break their commitments is they simply forget the things they’ve committed to. If remembering your commitments is going to challenge you, make sure you setup a system designed to help you stay on top of things.
There are plenty of apps that can help or you could just go old-school and get yourself a diary (my preferred method).
So, if you decide to take this challenge on, work to stay true to your word, but also be very selective about what you commit to. You might find that being far more selective about what you commit to will be enough for you to have integrity in your life.
What do I do next?
If you’re ready to take on the beginner, intermediate, or advanced Integrity Challenge, the process for getting involved is simple. All you need to do is follow these steps:
- Click the ‘Start taking this course’ button at the top of this page
- Go to the Integrity Challenge Forum and post an introduction that says:
- The level and amount of days you’re committing to
- What you hope to get out of the challenge
- How the rest of the group can support you
- Write out a list of existing commitments you have in your life over the time period you’ve committed to
- Assess those commitments to see if you can actually keep them, and if you can’t get in contact with the person you’ve made that commitment to and change your commitment to something you can commit to
- Post a list of your commitments for the committed time period on the forum and what you’re going to do to make sure you keep these commitments
- Set a reminder to come back to the forum every night and update about the commitments you made for that day and whether or not you fulfilled them