Focus on Authenticity

SecondWind Success Steps is a monthly resource opportunity for SecondWind listeners to become aware of the journey to change.  Joyce begins this SecondWind Success Steps discussion with the topic of Focus on Authenticity.   What does the word, “authenticity” mean.  It means living a life with a real sense of honesty and genuineness.

Since birth you have been adapting to your environment.  You have been influenced by people around you, the culture, and lastly by yourself.  Joyce speaks to each of these influences which cause you to be “Inauthentic”.   When you find yourself adjusting to your desire to be loved, to be accepted, and to be kept safe, we many times try to please who we are interacting with. Right?

But, when you adapt too much that you lose your uniqueness, your talents, and your spirit just so you can please others.  The day will come when you realize you have lost YOU.  Your talents, your spirit, and your uniqueness is necessary to create a full and happy life.  You must keep these gifts fresh in who you are.

We use tools such as negative self-talk which keeps us spinning with doubts and fears.  We create phony “Personas” to keep people from seeing just how wonderful we are for fear of rejection.  Does this sound familiar?

“The Mask I Wear” is activity you can do to uncover your public face vs. your personal face.

Mother Teresa Once said, “Honest and transparency make you vulnerable.  Be honest and transparent anyway.”

Author and speaker John Mason has so eloquently said, “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.”