As a young adult who was trying to take on responsibilities that I felt totally inadequate to take on, I came to learn that in order for me to be able to feel truly confident I needed to stay totally focused on living my life with integrity, as doing so provided me the confidence to handle all of the situations I was faced with. It also gave me the courage to make the right choices, even in those situations where it meant going against others who would knock me down for doing so. And the more I stayed true to myself and did the right things, the stronger my confidence grew.
Those experiences taught me that in order to have confidence and in order to see that confidence grow it required that life be lived with absolute commitment to upholding integrity:
“Complete and constant integrity is a great law of human conduct. There need to be some absolutes in life. There are some things that should not ever be done, some lines that should never be crossed, vows that should never be broken, words that should never be spoken, and thoughts that should never be entertained.”– James E. Faust
Through the years I was raising my two kids as a single mom and trying to grow my company I knew that if I would stay true to myself I would have the strength I needed to get through things. There were times I felt things were getting too difficult to bear, but I had the peace of knowing I was doing my best to stay true, and somehow that sustained me through.
Over the years it seems the number of situations I encounter where I need to be willing to stand up for what’s right have increased along with the number of arrows shot at me when I do so. But over those years I’ve also found that the number of people willing to stand alongside me to defend what is right has increased along with their willingness to help defend against any incoming arrows…I feel incredibly blessed to have so many truly honorable people in my life.
“An honorable man or woman is one who is truthful; free from deceit; above cheating, lying, stealing, or any form of deception. An honorable man or woman is one who learns early that one cannot do wrong and feel right. A man’s [or a woman’s] character is judged on how he [or she] keeps his word and his agreements.” – Ezra Taft Benson
Confidence comes from staying true to yourself, and peace of mind comes when you have the ability at the end of each day to let God know that you’ve done all you could to be true to yourself and to Him.
~Amy Rees Anderson