Loray Rover Greenbelt , MD, US
Based on the book Think and Grow Rich, Chapter 4: Auto-Suggestion.
Can Integrity be Measured
Hill says Recall what has been said about the subconscious mind resembling a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein.
Let’s say that integrity can be measured by only your willingness by doing the right thing … only if and when it may cost you.
Back in 2010, professional golfer Brian Davis had been pursuing his first (PGA) Producers Guild of America tour win. At the time of his regulation play ended, Davis had than tied for first place with Jim Furyk. This meant deciding a winner, also meant a required playoff.
At start of the very first hole, Davis’ approach shot went through a green and rolled off because it had settled in a hazard, left in rocks and twigs. Upon chipping the ball which returned back onto the green, he was a little more poised to that of match scores of Furyk and he extended the playoff. Quite frankly, he immediately came to a complete stop during the play and he motioned for the rules official to stop everything. What an amazement to everyone, Davis had called this penalty on himself – in effect, turning over this victory to his opponent. What a stunning moment?
In an aww moment to what everyone is saying what just happened? It was on his backswing, the club hardly grazed a twig six inches back toward the ball – called a violation of PGA rules. Officials saw this movement as so slight that no one accept Davis could have seen it. Even showing in a replay slow motion this twitch was clearly indiscernible. Of course, Davis knew the truth. This horrible mistake not only was so costly but also to his first championship victory, that meant his prize winnings decreased by nearly half a million dollars. In one of his announcements, he explained that, by his consequences of his admission were by far severe, “It’s one of the best things I’ve done … I did the right thing.”
As everyone knows that a lot of motives goes into drive decision-making in our society. Some may by far go to say quick and easy fixes. Is it a personal gain? This requires maintaining creature comforts. What are you saying about you? What place today does integrity hold in your decisions? Are you willing today to do the right thing even if God and your conscience are the only true witnesses? May the best choices today be made from a deep well of character. It’s about you doing what’s right simply because it’s the right thing to do … even when it costs us. Integrity like that honors the Lord.
“Nothing can succeed in stopping a man that has mastered the infinite power of the subconscious mind from reaching the territory of greatness.”
― Edmond Mbiaka