Authenticity & Vulnerability: Going Deep

There’s something scary about being real, being honest and open… just being yourself, but it’s a huge key to your success. People will respond to you when they relate to you and feel a connection. This is called being Authentic: it’s living and being your true self. And it involves being vulnerable and showing that you’re not perfect… scary indeed.

I’m re-reading this book: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Dr Brené Brown, and now I get it. When we stop worrying so much about how we ‘appear’ to others, what they think of us for working in an MLM or whatever business we choose, when we get over how we are ‘supposed’ to look, live and act to be accepted, and when we stop operating from a shame based paradigm, we can break through scarcity and be open to abundance, gratitude and amazing success. (I didn’t know I was operating on a shame based paradigm, and this info is so powerful… I hope you’re open to it.)

Here’s a few examples of the chapters in this book:

* Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
* Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
* Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and ‘Supposed To’

This is a process, and I’m working on it… it’s going to take a while. That’s OK.

Be patient with yourself. Just being aware of our ingrained, limiting, false beliefs and societal expectations that were put on us by people living mediocre lives, who aren’t willing to be open to learning about improving themselves, is a huge step in the right direction. Choose to be open, curious and ‘different’, or you could end up like them, like pretty much everyone else going through the motions and hating every minute of it.

Awareness is the first step, and if you’re open to digging deep and peeling back the layers, you will find your true self. Much of this information you’ve probably never even thought about before, so again, be patient with yourself, and trust the process.

Throw off the baggage and start living your true authentic life. That’s a big statement and something most would agree they would like to do, but where do we start? I have to admit that I’ve been thinking about for this topic for the last few months, not really sure what to do with it, but now I feel like I have a direction of sorts.

Is this something that resonates with you? Are you struggling with this? I would love to hear your comments… thanks!