• Steve Martin

Your Money and Your Life - Six Basic Principles - Part 4 of 7 - Integrity – Being True to Yourself


Dictionary.com defines integrity as “the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.”

Spending time developing a Personal Mission Statement and your personal vision of your ideal life helps you discover your unique dreams, gifts, and talents – and your purpose.

Integrity is staying true to your unique self – to your beliefs, your values, and your dreams. It means that every aspect of you is integrated and is operating as one. Your actions are aligned with your values. Your values are aligned with your goals. And your goals are aligned with your unique gifts.

Too many of us are living lives that were defined for us by someone else – by our parents, by our friends, or by society. The pressure to conform and the pressure to please are tremendous. Staying true to yourself is hard work – but it pays off.

Stephen Covey said, “I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mindset, of attitude—that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.”

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