Integrity & Planning

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“Alone we can do so little,
together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller, American Author, 1880 – 1968


No cheap bargain can be made with success; it has to be purchased with energy and INTEGRITY. Without integrity, your energy will ultimately be wasted and you might as well rip up your written statement. Sure, there are many wealthy people, who may have bullied, deceived, tricked and lied their way to riches, but have they a SUCCESSFUL LIFE BALANCE? Do they sleep well at night? Do they enjoy a stress-free lifestyle? Do they have loving relationships? Do they have trusted friends? Are they at peace? If they are, I encourage you to go and read their book. Chances are they will be lying…….

A person of integrity will be incapable of lying or be knowingly deceitful, either by action, word or gesture and sees clearly, openly and is freed from doubt. Think of integrity as your insurance policy. Of course you can save some money by not buying any, however, you know that you can freely go about your business at home, not worrying about leaking pipes or spillages. You are safe in the knowledge that if you bump into someone, you can pay for the damage to either car. It overcomes fear and ultimately leads to success and here is how:

Also, a good mentality to have, taken from Stephen R. Covey’s, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘, is to THINK WIN/WIN. Covey describes this as “a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions” or as the proverb goes “Do as you would be done by”. If you work through all your chakras, you will achieve this easily. It’s a winning formula.


You will have your long term personal vision and your written statement. You may be prioritising your goals weekly and modifying short term plans daily. For most of us, this is enough. However, you may wish to create a more detailed and organised PLAN which you can follow to reach your dreams, especially if you are making greater changes to your personal life or if you need to do so for your work life.

If this is the case, do what successful people do and recruit specialised knowledge. Back on page 10 I suggested that one way of becoming successful was to become an expert in your field, like Albert Einstein. There is no need to to learn everything or to do everything, tap into the knowledge and expertise of others. I don’t necessarily mean employ them (whilst you could), I mean bring them into your confidence and share your vision with them. Ask for help, hire help or buy it. Whatever you do, you must ensure that compensation is given back to them in return.

Now write your plan using the S.M.A.R.T principles:

SPECIFIC: What do I want to achieve? Why do I want to achieve it? Where? How? When? With whom?

MEASURABLE: What are the physical manifestations of your goal? So how will you feel? What will you see? How are you going to measure it?

ACHIEVABLE: Is it attainable with the time, money and talent you have? Have you weighed up monetary profit and loss? Have you weighed up your personal profit and loss? What will you give in return?

RELEVANT: Is this goal relevant to you? Do you really want it or is there another way of satisfying your desires? Is it worth it?

TIMEBOUND: What is the deadline? What are the smaller deadlines? Are they flexible enough to maintain motivation and morale, but stringent enough to ensure action? Can deadlines be altered?

Most of all you need to instil excellent LEADERSHIP qualities to lead others towards your goal. These qualities are relevant whether you are a parent of a child or the CEO of Apple Inc.

OVER TO YOU: Which qualities do you have? Which do you lack? What areas do you need to work on?