Why is authenticity so important? Because your authenticity is your literal currency. Your authenticity is what allows you to be who you want to be, get what you want in life, and empowers you to ask for those things with confidence. And who doesn’t want that?
So, how can you actually start living a truly authentic life where you are radically authentic yourself? It starts with being honest about yourself and what you really want. Completely honest. Once you are completely honest with yourself, it allows you to be completely honest and authentic with those around you as well. Let those around you experience you as you are. And take it a step further and stop caring what they think about your truly radical authentic self. Seriously, this is when you experience freedom!
The thoughts “what will they think” often hold us hostage from being who we want, getting what we want, or even asking for what we want or need. These thoughts hold you back from being radically authentic! When you focus on what others think, you allow their judgments or the idea of potential judgments to control you. Once you start to realize that people’s judgments of you are not actually about YOU but about THEMSELVES, you will stop trying to control what people think of you. This takes practice and patience with yourself as you start stepping into your authentic self. I love the phrase, “other’s opinions are none of your business!” All that matters is your opinion of yourself.
Recently I was attending one of my kid’s baseball games and I was craving and wanting rest. So, I was honest with myself and released myself from what others might think. I took that moment and stepped into my authenticity and cashed in on what I needed. I sat in the shade away from the other parents. I read paragraphs of a book in between innings and just chilled. It was simple. It was what I needed. Other games I have wanted “connection” or “excitement”. But on this day what I wanted was rest and I acted accordingly – while still cheering my heart out for my kid obviously! I cannot stress enough how showing up in life with authenticity makes even the smallest moments that much greater.
Radical authenticity is the secret to everything you want. Everything you want in life, your relationships, your business, etc, etc, etc! Once I realized this and started living authentically, my life literally changed forever in the most incredible ways. I want to challenge you to start showing up in authenticity today. Ask yourself “what do I want out of this situation?” over and over again. Then act accordingly regardless of other people’s potential judgments about it!! Those are about THEM and not about YOU.
Be yourself and cash in.
P.S. I love this quote by Brene Brown sooooo much!
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
– Brené Brown