A Passion for Integrity

By Mia Hall
Akua Soadwa, a friend, fantastic networker, entrepreneur, director of her own nonprofit, and so much more has a strong and contagious passion for integrity. When attending a relationships forum she hosted about a month ago, she emphasized INTEGRITY a little more than I expected, nonetheless, I understood her training and commitment to her own goals that she wanted to fulfill so I could not fault her.

In the simplest of explanations, integrity is when what you say is in alignment with what you do. Being a woman of my word has been a core value of mine for as long as I can remember having core values. Nonetheless, I had not treated it with such diligent outward confession and personal conviction as aggressively as I have after attending Akua’s session.

Before the event, I held the belief that honesty and character are at the core of what is needed to accomplish one’s most grandiose dreams; nonetheless, I do not remember thinking about it as much as I do now. Because of my personality type, I am legalistic in nature, so now, if I do not keep my word, it stresses me out!

The demands on my life have grown. Though I am thankful for a job that I love, new freelance opportunities, and working on other projects I am excited about, I also must realize that I have to be even more rigorous in planning my schedule and managing my time. If I want to have integrity and make sure that I am acting based on my beliefs, I must be vigilant in planning so that I do not promise something I am not able to deliver.

I have admittedly done this on a few different projects this week. I have felt terrible, not only for not keeping my word, but also for committing to more than I realistically had time to complete. This has been a humbling experience and is what I needed to refocus, prioritize, and go back to using the word that is almost like a swear word to those with hurting hearts – “NO.” Even writing that made me nervous. I do not remember the last time I have used it.

My adviser once said “No is the most powerful word in the English language.” If you are feeling uneasy or stressed, say yes to what you have said and may not have done yet and do not be afraid to use the word no.

Call a person you have been meaning to follow up with, fulfill a promise you made but forgot about, or even do something you may have promised yourself but keep putting off for “tomorrow.” Distractions come to take you off course. They may seem good at the time, but use precaution, especially during these times. Often, your word is all you have. Treat it with high regard and when face to face with distractions, go back to the words of the now infamous Sweet Brown, ”Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

You owe it to yourself to be the absolute best you can. Keep your passion for your own greatest core value and you will be sure to reach the level for which you are striving.

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miaAbout the Author
Mia Hall is a sports and entertainment reporter specializing in the business of sport. She has worked with organizations such as the NBA, NY Knicks, Black Enterprise, The Basketball Channel, The High School of Sports Management, and is currently with the new Barclay’s Center. She is passionate about the youth of today and committed to nonprofits such as PowerPlay NYC, Inc. and other youth empowering organizations.