32 - Sincerity
Be sincere in presenting yourself, doing what is right, and with transparent motives. Be genuine in your speech and selective with your words. Take responsibility for your actions, being true to yourself and others. Follow through on your commitments, do what you say you will do, and always say what you mean. Balance sincerity with acceptance, meaning while you are genuine, the opinions of others may contrast, so be certain to have an open mind and accept their differences while continuing to uphold your own values. Sincerity is a quality of being honest and unmistakable, especially regarding others. It is also being authentic in your actions and how you conduct yourself. You should actually be just as you seem and appear to be.
Characteristics of Sincerity:
- Your words and actions are heartfelt. In being sincere, you express an unfeigned humility and wholehearted and meaningful interaction. You are transparent with your words and intentions while being kind and respectful as well. There is an unforced clarity with honest intentions.
- You are genuine. Sincerity involves a pure and honest approach. It is unpretentious, without any intent to deceive or even impress or manipulate others. You display natural originality in your actions with unaffected authenticity.
- You are open-minded. There is a receptive and tolerant tendency that goes along with true sincerity. You remain unbiased and easy-going, even in the face of adversity of opinions or beliefs. You remain unaffected though there may be potentially differing viewpoints. Display flexibility as you share differences, and consider the possibility of a new approach or way of doing things that you would not have previously considered. Be adaptable and responsive to a potentially innovative and supportive thought or opportunity.
- You show integrity. Sincerity involves being truthful and upright in your actions, decisions, and choices. Your words are believable, and your actions are reliable. You display credibility in every performance and project you undertake. You align with your values and belief system in everything you do or don’t do, and you are who you say you are, in every circumstance, never swaying.
- You are moral. Ethics and values will be abided by, showing the goodness of character. With sincerity, there is righteousness and honor, always choosing to align with your belief system.
- You are courageous. With all the daily temptations and manipulations, it often takes valiant strength to fearlessly stand up for what is right. While the right thing should always be a clear choice, it is not always the easy or "uncomplicated" choice. You must be resolute and bold, displaying sheer bravery to remain transparent and stay true to your beliefs.
- You are committed. Sincerity shows a commitment to others and yourself to be genuine yet accepting of alternate views. You pledged to be truthful and vow to wholehearted clarity. Persevere with clear motives and take responsibility for your choices and the outcomes of these choices. Respect other people and their input and commit to mutual cooperation.
- You are reliable. There is a dependability quality that is consistent with sincere and loyal attributes. Be responsible for clearly communicating your intentions and remain steady, trustworthy, and predictable. Be accessible as you remain devoted to your team, business, and family.
- You are confident. When you are aligned with your values, you are self-assured and secure. You can optimistically stand by your belief system. The answers should be easy to arrive at, although it takes confidence to remain firm and unshaken, especially when opposing others with differing values.
- You are transparent. In order to be sincere, you must instinctively be transparent, and your words and actions are lucid and easily identified. There are no cloudy areas or uncertainties. Everything is exposed and clearly defined. Clarity is an important attribute of sincerity. There is no intention to hide or deceive.
“Sincerity is not to say everything you think but to mean everything you say.” Anonymous
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Douglas Adams
“What it means to be authentic: - to be more concerned with truth than opinions – to be sincere and not pretend – to be free from hypocrisy “walk your talk” – to know who you are and to be that person – to not fear others seeing your vulnerabilities – being confident to walk away from situations where you can’t be yourself – being awake to your own feelings – being free from others’ opinions of you – accepting and loving yourself.”
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.”
“Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.”
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