Authentic. It’s a word we hear a lot – yet, it’s a concept that many of us struggle to exemplify.
To state it plainly: authenticity means being true to yourself. And, sometimes that’s easier said than done.
We’ve all had moments of inauthenticity. Maybe you had to compromise a personal belief in order to keep your job because it’s easier to nod our heads in agreement, so we feel as though we fit in.
Being authentic means being vulnerable. It means loving yourself, regardless of whether someone likes what you’re wearing or what you have to say…or you. Being authentic means believing you are worthy of love, kindness, and acceptance, just as you are.
Like a magnet, authenticity attracts. Authentic people have a way of making others feel relaxed, happy and safe. Here are five tools to help you be your most authentic self, even under the most stressful circumstances:
- Forgive yourself for past moments of inauthenticity. Learn from your mistakes and determine what you can do differently in similar situations that may occur.
- Practice being incredibly self-aware. The first step toward self-improvement starts with observation. When you meet new people or try new things, take a moment to note how you act in that situation.
- In addition to being self-aware, be self-reflective. To be authentic, you must know who you are and what you want. Self-reflection is a perfect time to think back to those moments of self-awareness and see when you felt most comfortable or when you felt as though you were playing a role.
- Be open to growth and change. Sometimes being the most authentic version of yourself, means leaving behind the person others thought you were.
- Have the courage to say no (and yes, on occasion!). Being authentic means saying no to things you really don’t want to do, like going camping with a friend or to the mall with your spouse. It also means, being open to new and appealing experiences that come your way.
Remember, at the heart of authenticity, is the courage to be you.
How are you being authentic with yourself?
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