3 Habits That Transform Integrity Noobs into GOATs

Integrity is one of the most valuable professional qualities a person can have.

By definition, integrity is about ensuring reality correlates with people’s expectations. It evokes dependability, loyalty, honesty, and responsibility, resulting in many positive impacts on your professional life if you can figure out how to maintain it.

All too often, a team’s integrity falls prey to miscommunication and inefficiencies, making it difficult to stay consistent with commitments. Instead of focusing on developing a high-integrity workplace, many teams settle with this status quo and fall short of their potential.

Luckily, establishing and maintaining integrity is much easier than you might think—all it takes is the proper habits (and a tool like Pact) to help you stick to them. Check out this conversation with one of our top software developers, Javier Hernandez, whose experience with Pact transformed his fear of commitment and confrontation into an integrity-driven mindset.

Pact empowers its users to consistently meet expectations—the key driver of professional integrity. It enables people to communicate about commitments fluidly and transparently, helping to slash through unnecessary meetings and follow-ups and freeing up your team to zero in on bigger, more important goals that drive success for the entire business.

Ready to unlock these secrets? Join us as we explore three game-changing habits that will take your Pact experience and professional integrity to new heights.

Habit 1 – Manage Every Deadline

It may sound simple, but if you effectively manage your deadlines, defeat them with flying colors (and, whenever possible, beat them by a mile), you’re already well on your way to becoming an integrity GOAT.

Nailing tasks on or before their due dates is the optimal habit to master. It shows that you’re a commitment-making, expectation-shattering powerhouse people can count on to deliver every single time. Every deadline conquered is like earning a new badge of honor, boosting your credibility and trustworthiness.

Suppose the deadline is unreachable or you have too many other commitments. In that case, it’s essential to manage it correctly, either rescheduling or canceling it entirely and letting everyone know what’s happening (more on that in habit 2).

With Pact, you can easily manage your deadlines and share your victories with others whenever you finish a task. This transparency helps everybody in the company focus their efforts in the right places and achieve what matters most.

TL;DR – Manage your deadlines 100% of the time, and integrity will become your middle name.

Habit 2 – Roll With The Punches

Change is the only constant in life, so when circumstances inevitably shift, it’s time to adapt.

If you’re running behind and the clock is ticking, don’t bury your head in the sand and hope the deadline disappears—your integrity will take a hit. Instead, be proactive: adjust your plans and keep everyone in the loop. Transparency is your secret weapon in maintaining integrity.

While conquering deadlines is crucial, remember that commitments aren’t always set in stone. Embrace the unexpected, and when obstacles arise, reschedule or cancel your tasks, making sure everyone’s on the same page.

Pact makes it a breeze to modify commitment dates and sends out automatic notifications to give everyone a clear view of what’s ahead. You’ll discover that adjusting or canceling commitments, when necessary, is actually liberating. It offers peace of mind and lets you concentrate on what’s truly important.

Achieving success isn’t just about meticulous planning or checking off every item on your to-do list. The most effective professionals know that managing expectations upfront is vital. They understand that trust is built by “aging commitments” and rescheduling them well in advance when needed. Master this art, and you’ll be well on your way to being an integrity superstar.

Habit 3 – Embrace Risks

When it comes to building integrity, one of the most overlooked challenges is embracing risk. This means having the courage to take a stand, show vulnerability, and make commitments that might make you feel slightly uneasy.

Stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing your limits commands respect and trust from others. Drawing that line in the sand and making bold commitments proves that you’re confident, resilient, and prepared to tackle any challenge head-on.

For example, you could confidently tell your team, “I will make this happen before the end of the week,” instead of the all-too-familiar, “I’ll take responsibility, but I can’t make any guarantees.”

Creating this possibility of failure sets high-potential individuals apart from those who simply drift along with the current. It shows a willingness to take risks and a dedication to achieving results, inspiring trust and respect from colleagues and paving the way for personal growth and professional advancement.

It’s natural for situations like this to make you a little anxious, but if you only make commitments that others are sure you will achieve, there’ll never be any chance for growth. Any anxiety is just evidence of your growth and risk-taking spirit. Master this daring habit and you’ll earn your teammates’ admiration while becoming a true integrity champ.

Reputational Rewards

As you set, update, and meet commitments, along with taking a few risks, you’re not only honing your skills but also crafting a rock-solid professional reputation anchored in integrity.

With each deadline conquered and each change adapted to, you’re demonstrating your reliability, consistency, and adaptability. These qualities can make you stand out as a trustworthy and valuable team member.

With Pact by your side, you’ve got a powerful ally to automate this process for you, building and showcasing your integrity by keeping a record of your successes. Think of it as your personal “trustworthiness score”: a testament to your commitment-keeping abilities.

As a final thought, remember that integrity is the sweet spot where expectations align perfectly with reality. Pact helps you easily maintain that sweet spot, ensuring you can positively impact your team and company while setting yourself up for career advancement and long-term success.