I often hear people describe great athletes, companies, or ideas as a “force to be reckoned with.” I love the word force. It just seems like a word that goes with “to be reckoned with.” Cue the pressure washer.
In his book, Integrity, Henry Cloud reminds us, “One of the words close to character or integrity in meaning is the Hebrew word that is translated virtue. If you trace its origins and meanings, one of the meanings is a ‘force.’ Someone of virtue is a force, and a force always leaves a result. When a hurricane comes through a town you can always see the results of its force.”
Do you realize your integrity is a force to be reckoned with? You either have great character and you are blazing a trail of positive influence, or you have holes in your character and are leaving a force of negative influence along your path.
Never underestimate the influence you are having on your family, team, or friends. People are watching and waiting for someone to leave a positive mark on their world. I say let it be you.
If you want to make today a day of force, the best place to begin is to focus on your integrity, rather than your actions. Refine your character and your actions will follow.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.