This has recently been challenged to me repeatedly so I feel it deserves clarity. Individually we do have our own version of what it means to do something with authenticity and integrity. If they are unique to us how can they still be uniform in definition?
Authenticity is about being truthful to yourself. Standing with your belief, thought even spirit without waver. Integrity is more about honesty and 'doing the right thing' having strong morals. So putting these together makes sense right? Well it is not that easy. There is work to be done, eye roll. I know.
Internalizing this concept is the key to giving it intention. Until you do, it serves no real purpose because it has no meaning attached to it. Asking yourself the uncomfortable questions is a big part of this equation. Tearing apart the limited beliefs that were imprinted upon us by our parents, schools, society and so on to find what you truly believe from a soul level. This belief is your true, unadulterated self coming through. For example, say I am a Catholic. I believe, I live and I breathe it all 'right' because I was told to do it this way ('it' being pray, talk, teach and attend church). This is all I know. See the problem? Every other religion(or whatever it may be) should be given a non-judgmental approach before any conclusion is formed. Then I can teach, act and pray authentically with an educated truth. This 'it' becomes part of who I am and what I do and say everyday. It will overflow in every part of my life in someway because it is authentically a part of the essence of who I am and now....with integrity I can stand in my authentic power. When it becomes uncomfortable and someone begins a debate as to why my 'it' is wrong and theirs is the 'right' way, I can authentically discuss 'it' with integrity because I have done the work. I did the research and I know this particular 'it' resonates with me and why. This integrity also allows for the most important factor, respect. It allows me to have respect for your 'it' and celebrate the differences.
This celebration of differences is the most important key in living in anything with authentic integrity. So many people get hung up on the ego aspects of who is right and why? No one else's why is any of your business. Chances are you have no idea what your 'it' is let alone your why. So how can you judge another's?
Can I challenge you to apply this theory to a belief you hold which might cause you frustration on some level?