Authenticity. It’s such a strong word. A word I love.
There’s a lot to be said for being authentic. You know, being true to yourself. No pretence, no false fronts, no guises, just letting your true self shine through.
I’ve been interviewing lately and someone mentioned authenticity in how they go about building relationships across the business. They were very honest in saying; they felt it was important to be authentic. It helps to build trust which in turns builds relationships. It was very refreshing to hear.
Quite often we struggle to show our true self. Maybe we’re worried if people won’t like us or won’t like a part of our personality. Maybe we’ve built up a front to protect ourselves. Maybe we’ve been hurt and we subconsciously protect ourselves by being careful as to how much of our self we reveal. We’re just being careful with exposing our vulnerable side. We don’t want to get hurt again. That’s quite natural. It can be hard to show our vulnerability, hard to let our guard down and be really comfortable with ourselves, regardless of how it will be received.
Being authentic is just being comfortable with the real you. We should all be proud of who we are and what we’ve become. There’s no need to pretend. You are who you are and there’s no need to be anyone else.
Why would you want to be anyone else when you can be you?
You’ve all had experiences, moments and feelings which have all shaped who you’ve become. The you’ve travelled has had many twists and turns. Through it all you’ve learnt about the person you are and have become. You’ve liked, loved and laughed through the journey. There’s been tears and tantrums, dramas and disasters.
You are who you are because of where you’ve been.
That’s not something you can forget. That’s not something you should forget.
That’s something you can be proud of.
That is, the real you. That is, the authentic you.
So show your authenticity. It’s probably what makes you, the unique and special you!!
How do you show your authenticity? What experiences have really shaped you?