Own Your Truth : Be You - Authentically
One of the most difficult lessons to put into practice on the road to success is to accept ourselves for who we are, and to accept that not everyone will like us.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Winston Churchill: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” It speaks volumes to me. I believe that as long as we are authentic and have pure intentions, the opinions of others should not matter.
You see, the great thing about authenticity is that it cannot be stolen or mocked. You are the only one who thinks and acts the way you do.
No matter how hard someone tries, they cannot be you. You are as unique as your fingerprints.
Pretending to be someone you are not does not get true supporters, friends, customers, or fans, and then when the real you shines through (and believe me, it will), you will lose that which you have worked so hard to create.
If you really want to prosper, you must be true to yourself. With nothing to prove, the only competition that you have is the person who stares back at you in the mirror.
To clarify, to be authentic doesn't mean that we cannot change. We are constantly evolving. I am not the same person that I was 10 years ago. I have changed for the better through life experiences.
I could go on forever here, but I’m sure you catch my drift.
Change not only occurs through life experiences, but through purposeful development — seminars, mentorship, coaching, and the like. Goal Chasers are constantly looking to create a better version of themselves (and you're a Goal Chaser, right?).
Problems arise when we attempt to change ourselves to accommodate the opinions of others. It is impossible to satisfy everyone because we are all so different. When you are your authentic self, the right people are attracted to you.
Those that do have an issue with who you are (or who they perceive you to be) do not matter in the great scheme of things because your life is not a product of others’ thoughts but of your own.
If you are happy with who you are, that is what’s truly important.
How to Own Your Truth:
Who Are You?
If you are not quite sure how to answer the question, “Who are you?” try creating a list of your strengths and weaknesses (be sure to also include personality traits and things that you do well and aren’t so great at).
Take an honest look at yourself and your circumstances and write what you are proud of.
Now take a look at what you are not so proud of and come up with ways to improve these things.
Lastly, sum your personality up in one sentence by asking yourself how your loved ones would describe you if you were not around. This is your building block. This is who you are.
We are not perfect, and that’s okay—we are perfect at being ourselves, though. Own it.
Stop to consider the things that really matter in your life—family, friends, shelter, security, food, etc. Doing this helps put things in perspective. When fears or opinions of others come about, ask yourself if what people have to say about you affects any of the important things on your list. When you see that it doesn’t, you’ll find the courage to continue on in your truth. It’s so liberating!
What Else Can I Do?
Affirmations can also help you remain true to yourself. Look in the mirror each morning and remind yourself of who you are and your purpose. Then go on to conquer the day fearlessly.
Now go on and own your truth superstar!
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