What does “being authentic mean to you? To me it means you live a genuine life without fear of being judged; you live your live according to YOUR values and beliefs, not society’s! You stop trying to be perfect and “fit in”.
You may make unpopular decisions, but you own it and you don’t hide from it. You are your true self and you are self aware.
Is it easy? Hell to the no! But it IS possible! Once you make the shift to live a genuine and authentic life things change (for the better)! Just take a moment to think about how different life is when you stop caring about what people think or how they judge you! Think about how amazing it feels to live life according to your values!!
A few years ago a friend and I were talking about a situation that sucked. I said something to the person involved (she was not), and she was shocked. My response was “I am being authentic to myself and I didn’t want to stay silent and take it”, she just kept saying “ok, if you say so”. It was almost like she was mocking me or challenging my intentions. Honestly, at first I was offended, then I realized it may have been difficult for her to understand what it looked like when someone was being authentic to themselves and their believes. Maybe she had never experienced it before. I let it go, but I can still remember how it made me feel. I’m grateful I was authentic to myself and I was able to ignore her judgment!
I really pride myself on being authentic. I also do my best to not judge others (this is always easier said than done, but I get better at it each day!). I don’t have a poker face – with me what you see is what you get, I am me – you can take it or leave it!
Today’s blog was inspired by a book I was reading at the pool today (YAY to pool days), talking about making decisions to stop supporting things that don’t serve you or your business. I have a difficult decision to make about something that is no longer serving me. I KNOW the right choice; I just need to work through the emotional aspect of it to ensure I am making an authentic decision! Wish me luck!