Consider a new way of thinking about “integrity.” What I mean by “integrity” is not about good or bad, or right or wrong, or what you should or should not do. The integrity I am referring to is about being in tune and aligned with your authentic and highest self. This kind of integrity begins by acknowledging that you are whole and complete at the most fundamental level of who you are. It involves being true to what lies within you – your deepest thoughts and feelings, your inner voice and guidance, your authentic self-expression.
Authenticity is being faithful to internal rather external ideas. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, heart, spirit, values, character and commitments despite external pressures. Authenticity places the highest value on the needs of one’s inner being. Authenticity is acting in accordance with one’s thoughts, desires, and needs. Shakespeare wrote, “To thine own self be true.” This kind of authenticity must be the engine that generates your life.
Authenticity = Integrity
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