As a reminder, just as lighthouses are powerful lights used to avoid dangerous areas; lighthouse principles are powerful beacons to guide successful people in all endeavors in life. They rise above so that they can be easily detected and used to navigate any situation involving the specific principle.

If you choose to ignore the principle then you run the risk of running aground and preventing yourself from moving forward. You will find out how critical they are if you live your life in contrast to the principles. This is the second in a series of blogs that are dedicated to highlighting the 10 principles that spell out L-I-G-H-T-H-O-U-S-E:

• Listening
• Integrity
• Gratitude
• Honesty
• Trust
• Humbleness
• Optimism
• Understanding
• Strategy
• Empathy

Integrity is at the heart of all successful people by doing what is right, keeping your word, being someone you can count on. Integrity is about walking your talk, or in other words it is about showing that your actions mirror your words without exception. C.S. Lewis wrote the famous quote that says: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

However, there is a fly in the ointment in that the researchers have reminded us time and time again that people are more honest when they know they are being watched. It is important to note that successful people are not perfect, as a person of integrity does not mean that she or he never made a mistake. The major difference is that when you are guided by the principle of integrity you have the strength of character to learn from your misdeeds and seek to continually self-improve to prevent them from happening again.

“Integrity is not the absence of failure but moving forward from it,” says Colonel Eric Kail.

Integrity is about keeping promises that one makes and not making excuses when you have to break it. Successful people with integrity are not afraid to face the truth. Integrity is not situational and as a guiding principle it is learning to treat others fairly when other people are treating you unfairly.