Being authentic means our actions and words line up with our beliefs and values. It means being yourself, not what you think you should be.
Living this way requires knowing a thing our two about ourselves. Namely, what we believe and why. Our strengths and weaknesses. And what we want out of life, the thing that pushes us forward.
It means accepting ourselves flaws and all. Authentic people allow their inner selves define the outer, not the other way around.
Some things to reflect on this week:
1. How many people know the real you? Does your inner self match the outer?
2. What do you lie about to yourself? To others? Why?
3. Redefine your values. Looking back through your life, when were you most fulfilled and satisfied? What need or desire was fulfilled? How did the experience give your life meaning? What personal characteristics do you value most? Do the beliefs that you carry come from a healthy, mature and grounded place or are they childhood remnants based in insecurity?
4. Consider creating a mission statement based on the qualities and characteristics you value most. (Click HERE for an example of one created by my family.) Place it somewhere in your home or office to serve as a visual reminder.
5. Show up fully (with integrity) in each moment. Never trade authenticity for approval.
6. Own your mistakes and be willing to apologize.
7. Accept compliments.
8. Make choices that honor yourself and others.