Are you living YOUR Authentic life?

Or…

Are you living life on a treadmill, going faster and faster, in the WRONG Direction?  It seems that so many people are living life in this exact manner.

A life that’s been set for you by other people. A life void of the purpose and passion that burns deep inside.

If that’s you, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

So many people live life on autopilot. They actually believe the script that has been sold to them.

What if everything you have been told is a lie?

What does it mean to be authentic?

So what does being authentic mean? Well, the dictionary describes it as being genuine and original. It could also mean being true and trustworthy. Bottom line, anyway you look at it comes across in a positive light. Who wouldn’t want to be authentic?
Yet we see people all the time that are being more fake than real. Take the sales pitchman on TV, the presenter/speaker who is performing instead of presenting, or the junior high teenager who pretends to like you until you’ve served your usefulness and they move on.
You don’t have to be what other people want you to be. You don’t have to be interesting or agreeable or entertaining. You don’t have to tone yourself down, quiet your voice, or hide your feelings. You don’t have to be outgoing or spontaneous or sociable. You don’t have to be thin or beautiful or anyone’s definition of attractive.
All you have to be is yourself.

Why does being authentic even matter

We tend to hide certain traits and quirks about ourselves to fit the situation and people surrounding us. We are afraid to be vulnerable. Afraid to show our true selves. Why? Fear of rejection and maybe the fear of being judged.
Here are just a few reasons to be authentic:
  • It is easier. No more “putting on airs” to try and impress people. That is an energy drain.
  • You have honest connections. If you are putting forth a fake version of yourself you may only be connecting with other fake people. So do the opposite. Like attracts like.
  • People will respect you more. Respect is earned by being that person in the room that is so firm in his/her beliefs that they will not let the crowd sway their opinion. You don’t have to be a dick about it either. Be respectful.

To be authentic means being true to what you value most

This is going to be harsh. Write down what you think are the things you value most in your life.

You might have written down family, love, my health, friendships, faith, career.

Now think about what you actually did yesterday. What you spent time on is what you actually value.

You worked more than anything else and then you watched TV and went online. Hmmm. There is a bit of a disconnect there.

You are either lying to yourself or you are not being true to yourself.

If you want to change your life for the better you actually need to change to mind to do it and make it happen.

Keep it Simple

Are you always trying to be everything to everyone? Do you pride yourself on being busy all the time like it is a badge of honor?

How does that make you feel?

You need to slow down and examine who you are. Actually take a look at what makes you happy.

I am a firm believer in living a more simple, minimalist lifestyle. This can look however you want it to look for you. For me it just means getting rid of the stuff that really doesn’t matter and making room for more of what does.

I am being true to myself. This is who I am.

Ways to slow down and be authentic:

Being authentic is a daily practice and I am still working on it myself. Life is after all a journey, not a destination. It is a moment-by-moment choice of embracing your truth and being fearless enough to share it with the world. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself with everyone, there is a profound peace and confidence you will exude to the world.

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“Change The Code. Change Your Life.”

 

 

9 thoughts on “Are You Living An Authentic Life?

  1. I’m always asking myself this question! I love adventures and bettering myself every day. But the whole loving one’s self is a bit tough. Even after running a marathon and half marathon this year I still managed to question my accomplishments in life! I always remind myself of what I have accomplished and remember to appreciate the little things. Plus, I always am itching to try some new adventure! whatever I can push myself to do!

    1. I am right there with you at times! I have found that meditation has helped this as has not paying attention to mainstream media and all the adverts that tell us that we are not good enough. You are doing amazing. Thanks so much for commenting.

  2. Really thought provoking post – you’ve managed to express something I’ve been thinking about. Finally taking time to stop and reflect on who I am, what matters to me and stop apologising for it! I have a job I get a lot from ( helping people) but there is so much more to me than that – need to find some adventures……

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