Remember when you were a child and your teachers and parents would tell you to be yourself?
Now, think about it – did they ever tell you exactly how to go about it?
Chances are probably not, since there is no set in stone authenticity rule book. If there were, we’d all be reading it. In order to be yourself, you have to know yourself which is easier said than done. It requires ongoing self-reflection since we are constantly changing.
Authenticity truly is a personalized journey. We all have our own core values and unique definition of what is right and wrong.
How To Be More Authentic:
Before we get started, here are some questions for you to think about…
1) Are your core values functional?
2) How do your values impact your relationships?
3) Are your habits working for or against you?
4) What would make you feel more authentic?
If you’re having a difficult time answering any of the above questions, try thinking about past life experiences. When was the time you felt like the best version of yourself? What activity were you doing, and how did it make you feel? Authenticity is all about identifying what’s important to you and embracing who you are.
There is only one you. Figuring out who you are and what makes you tick may take some time. But if you do your homework and regularly practice self-reflection, the answer may find you. Take risks, step outside your comfort zone and embrace the journey.