My 2020 Integrity Report

The aim of this integrity report is to answer three key questions about how I am living my life right now:

  1. What are the core values that drive my life and work?
  2. How am I living and working with integrity right now?
  3. How can I set a higher standard in the future?

What Are The Core Value That Drive My Life And Work?

This is the first time I’ve given much thought to my core values so it’s possible that they’ll change a little bit as I grow. That said, these should be deeply-rooted in my identity and not that easily changed or swayed by time and circumstance.

I. Growth

  • Am I learning new things, exploring new places, and experimenting with new ideas?
  • Am I questioning my limiting beliefs and trying to overcome them?
  • Am I building habits that lead to continual improvement?

II. Self-Respect

  • Am I fulfilling my potential?
  • Am I giving myself permission to be happy with where I am right now?
  • Am I living like the type of person I claim to be?

III. Grit

  • Am I mentally and physically strong?
  • Am I preparing for unexpected challenges?
  • Am I taking steps to overcome the challenges in my life?

IV. Contribution

  • Am I contributing to the world or just consuming it?
  • Am I someone others can count on?
  • Am I helping to make things better for others?

V. Love

  • Am I working to strengthen my relationship with Shell?
  • Am I working to strengthen my relationship with Elsie?

How Are You Living With Integrity?

The majority of 2020 has passed as a total blur due to COVID-19 and extended periods of lockdown. It’s worth considering that I’ve done pretty well in the face of that by continuing to earn a living, working well at home and my relationship not falling to pieces in the process.

I’ve made some serious gains in terms of reducing screen time, social media consumption, reading the news and improving bad habits. I’ve read quite a lot of books this year and hit my Goodreads challenge which averaged at 2 books per month.

In terms of the family goals, I made some progress working on the house but other than systems to improve my lifestyle I’d say that a lot of my gains could be boiled down to consumerism…it will pay to tread with caution.

We have another child on the way which is great news but I expect life to be turned upside down again when they arrive. Remember, expectations frame experience! On the subject of family, things are pretty good with Shell although pregnancy has been pretty hard for us both. Elsie is doing great and it’s fantastic watching her learn and develop.

In Atomic Habits, James Clear raises and interesting point in that, once your needs are taken care of, it’s your moral duty to focus on contribution as opposed to taking all that you can get. How might your life look if you switch from compensation to contribution? What topics do you care deeply about that you feel might be helpful to people less fortunate than you?

How Can I Improve Over The Next 12 Months?

I think writing consistently will be a big win in terms of contribution, growth and self-respect. By writing and putting my thoughts out into the World, I’m encouraging others to help me learn but I’m also taking my own experiences and sharing them with the World. I’m also pushing myself to live up to my potential.

You’ve massively overthought this process though and rather than just publishing content that might be useful, you’re the kid back in the toy shop analysing every possible outcome and thinking about which toy will provide you with the best experience (yes…I used to do this). How might this process change if you instead just picked a topic and ran with it?

You should also build out a framework for ruthlessly killing off your bad habits. You don’t really track them and as a result you don’t really have any feedback on what is or isn’t working.