At a networking luncheon we were asked to go around the table and do self-introductions. As part of our opening we were supposed to pick from a list of qualities, printed on a card, and discuss which one of them applied most to us. It was a great list and hard to make a decision.
I chose “live authentically”. I told the group that the reason that quality is so important to me is living authentically, and demonstrating integrity – in what I say, and what I do, is the cornerstone of who I am, and it is also crucial to what High Stakes Mastermind groups is all about.
High Stakes Mastermind groups does not function successfully unless every member is true and honest and committed to the success of everyone in the group – not just themselves. Honesty is extremely important to everything we stand for, and in the way we conduct ourselves both within the meetings and on the outside.
I said that comment at the networking luncheon because even in that networking group there are those individuals, and in fact one in particular I’m thinking of, who do not “walk the talk”. They make a good show of it, but I have several first-hand experiences where this was disappointingly not the case of “living authentically”, being truthful and demonstrating integrity.
I had a conversation with one of the people who was with me at the luncheon table, and I asked her opinion of what I said in my self-introduction. I wasn’t ashamed in any way of what I said, just a little concerned that maybe my comments took the others by surprise.
But she said the most wonderful thing. She said if they were taken by surprise, at all, it was probably because they were thinking, “Wow, she went there. She was honest enough to say what she was really thinking.”
That in, and of itself, is what truth, personal integrity and living authentically is all about.
Where did I get the strength to do that? I, who was so shy as a kid I’d eat my bread dry before having the guts to ask, “Please pass the butter.”? I got the strength from forming and facilitating High Stakes Mastermind groups. Even as the facilitator, and not an active participant, the power of the groups gives me that kind of strength. And it is giving that strength to its members; the stories that my members have told me from the things they have been able to achieve, the business decisions they’ve made, even the partnership’s they’ve ended because of truth, integrity, living authentically and being served by the power of the Mastermind group.
If you’re willing to do your part, it will take you to the next level – the level that you need to achieve your goals. Goal achievers rise above the crowd, and they start by demonstrating integrity.