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This month we will focus on the character concept, “integrity.” Many people mistakenly equate
integrity with simply being honest. But integrity is so much more than that. Integrity is about being true to oneself, one’s values and principles, one’s word, and one’s standards and beliefs. It’s raw honesty in the deepest regard to oneself and others.

Watch as our team member, Dr. Robyn Silverman the creator of the Powerful Words Character Development system we use here at Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers, explains:

All our character traits must stand on a foundation of integrity. In fact, character and integrity are inextricably linked. Character reflects one’s set of values. Integrity is the grit to uphold them. They must work together to have meaning. After all, what good is gratitude when we are not really grateful?
What good is concern when the concern is falsified? We want our children to build genuine character- that takes integrity.

Creating a strong foundation of integrity has big advantages as your child grows up to become part of the work force. According to several studies, integrity, along with honesty and humility can predict
superior job performance. It’s so important that it’s been argued this year that such traits predict better job performance even more so than agreeableness and conscientiousness (Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, March 2011).

Beyond teaching our children not to lie, we also need to help children be authentic even when they want to appeal to others who think differently from them. This is when true conviction and integrity must kick in. How can they keep their goals and values in the forefront when peer pressure can be so powerful? How can they express their views without alienating others?

We’ll be talking about these kinds of dilemmas this month along with other integrity based topics as we continue our mutual quest to inspire leaders with character. Please continue to talk with your children about how integrity can be strengthened or challenged and how you stay true to yourself
and others in your own life.

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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