“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown, Gifts of Imperfection
Authenticity is about making the choice to show up and be you- the real you. Showing up honestly and truthfully. It’s about having the courage to be imperfect; giving ourselves the permission to be vulnerable.
This is no easy task in a world where we’re constantly trying to fit in with the crowd and making choices to please other people. It’s not a painless fight, but it’s one of the most courageous battles.
It’s important to remember that not everyone will understand the new, real you. The people who are highly disconnected from their essential selves will most likely feel threatened and try to attack. But, it’s crucial to stand your ground because there’s even more risk in burying your unique self and withholding your contribution to the world. Our unexpressed selves don’t just disappear, but instead eat away at us like a tooth slowly decaying. Swapping authenticity for conformity can result in bitterness, resentment, anxiety, depression, blame, grief and stress- just to name a few.
Start taking tiny steps in your everyday life to practice authenticity…
If a group of your friends are raving about a band they love, speak your truth in saying, “I’m actually not a fan of them,” if you aren’t. (It’s OK if you don’t like Beyonce!) Share an activity that brings you joy with a family member or friend who doesn’t realize your passion for it. Voice your opinion on a forum.
How can you start practicing authenticity? What areas of your life don’t feel genuine?
…because your truth really will set you free.