One of the key ingredients in a life of happiness is to “be yourself”. This was recognized already by the philosophers of ancient Greece, and is still true today.
To me, being real means having the courage to be our natural selves. It means showing up and sharing ourselves with acceptance, which includes embracing our strengths and successes, as well as our weaknesses, pains and struggles. We do not put up a façade where we only portray a rosy side. We do not think about how we can adjust and adapt ourselves to make a good impression. We simply show up and share who we are without editing – no matter who we are with. We do not cover up, hold back or try to be something we are not. We simply are. We speak our truth and live with integrity for what we believe to be right.
Being authentic sounds attractive and refreshing – doesn’t it! When we show up as our true self we feel more energized and happy. We experience a deeper sense of inner peace – than when we are editing ourselves, or holding back our true nature.
How do we go about reclaiming our true self ? According to Rene Brown, “authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re suppose to be and embracing who we are.”
I also believe that when we truly see ourselves, and appreciate and love ourselves for who we are, we do not need to look outside to find happiness, because we have found what we need inside.
When we are authentic, other people can relax around us. We are easy to connect with and are comfortable to be around, as people do not need to question our intentions, or if they can trust us, because our very being appears trustworthy, natural and real. We create an atmosphere and space that act as an invite for other people to be real as well.
Successful people have embraced their authenticity. “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I would have done it a lot earlier.” Oprah Winfrey